posted on Feb, 28 2011 @ 05:59 PM
The "material witness" arrest of Abdullah al-Kidd is finally making it to
the Supreme Court
- with then Attorney General
Ascroft in the gun
Ashcroft and other high-ranking officials publicly described the importance of using the material witness law against suspected terrorists,
including US citizens. Less than two months after September 11, Ashcroft said that the "aggressive detention of lawbreakers and material witnesses is
vital to preventing, disrupting or delaying new attacks."
Ad Feedback Al-Kidd was among the roughly half of those detained who were never called to testify in any criminal proceeding. One measure of
Ashcroft's policy is that the government apologised to or reached monetary settlements with at least 13 people, according to a report by civil
I remember this at the time as being pretty dodgy, and it is good this guy has persisted with his case.