pilot can pursue 9/11 damages
from press association: Lotfi Raissi, the Algerian wrongly accused of training pilots involved in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, should be allowed to claim compensation, the Court of Appeal ruled. Mr Raissi was arrested at his home in Colnbrook under the Terrorism Act in September 2001, 10 days after the World Trade Centre atrocity. He was released after seven days but re-arrested under an extradition warrant issued at the request of the United States government.
judges weigh possible charges against ashcroft
from wnyc: This morning, a panel of federal judges will consider whether former Attorney General John Ashcroft should be held accountable for the abuse of immigrants detained in Brooklyn after 9/11. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals will hear from attorneys on both sides in the largest of several lawsuits brought by detainees at the Metropolitan Detention Center. Last year, a supervising officer at the prison was convicted of conspiracy in the assault of an inmate – other similar cases are in progress – but the government says Ashcroft and high-ranking officials in Washington have immunity.