Wednesday, November 29, 2006

U.S. to pay 2million and apologizes for false terrorist arrest

It was announced today that Brandon Mayfield, who was arrested in connection to the Madrid bombings, would receive $2 million and an apology from the United States Government for wrongly detaining him.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released this statement:
"The United States of America apologizes to Mr. Brandon Mayfield and his family for the suffering caused by the FBI's misidentification of Mr. Mayfield's fingerprint and the resulting investigation of Mr. Mayfield, including his arrest as a material witness in connection with the 2004 Madrid train bombings and the execution of search warrants and other court orders in the Mayfield family home and in Mr. Mayfield's law office."
This is an interesting case because it may provide a precedent for hundreds of people who are currently being detained by the U.S. government. However, Mr. Mayfield is a U.S. citizen and may subsequently restrict the use of this case to a finite number of individuals. Regardless, the court’s decision is a monumental step towards resolving a human rights issue that has plagued the current administration.


Mad Max said...

This is an unfortunate story but that said I feel that our government must do everything to protect us from those that would, could, did and will do us great harm. There will be collateral damage as is the case in any war, but the focus must remain the benefit of the many and sacrificing the few.

This is not made easier by the political left; they have always been a noisy bunch that seeing conspiracies everywhere. This stems all the way back to the Vietnam War. The whole reason we lost that war was due to the fact that the politicians running the war lost their resolve due to the boisterous left and all their antics.

By the way, holding individuals indefinitely is nothing new. After the outbreak of the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, claiming emergency powers, suspended habeas corpus, a person’s right to have a judge determine the legality of his imprisonment. Lincoln authorized the military to arrest and indefinitely detain anyone suspected of aiding the rebels.

Lindsey said...

Mad Max... Citing Lincoln's actions seems a little absurd to me, considering that was almost 150 years ago and during a civil war. (And blaming the loss of the Vietnam War on liberal antics...lame!) I believe that the American government does have a responsibilty to protect us to the best of its ability but without violating civil rights. To quote my dear friend Ben Franklin, "Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither freedom nor security." To be free is to take a risk; that is what America is about. We give up some security for freedom, and that should apply here as well. The US obviously feels it was in the wrong or it would never compensate this young man.

hewhowould said...

Here here. I want to completely agree with Lindsey. Mad Max’s Vietnam comment is not even reasonable because its not up to the politicians to stay the course but its up to the people to decided whether or not the US should pull out of a war or not. Also remember the great words of Ben Franklin. But I wonder if Khaled al-Masri can use this court case as precedence in his trial.

buckley said...

I agree with mad max in that our government must do everything it can to protect us, but careful consideration must be paid to balancing liberty and security. The problem for mad max is that "sacrificing the few" for the good of the majority, ultimately leads us in a direction that is contradictory to the values this nation was founded upon.
I am also a little confused by mad max's argument about the Vietnam War. I find it difficult to believe our withdrawal from the conflict was the result of a lack of resolve (considering U.S. troops were in country for slightly over a decade and over 50,000 U.S. service men and women were killed in action). Instead I would point to the massive social turmoil, lack of strategic planning on the part of our military, and the inability of our elected officials to explain why we were fighting the war.