Arabs, Muslims can sue US officials over post-9/11 jail treatment

NEW YORK – A divided US appeals court said the federal government’s top law enforcers can be sued by former inmates who claim their civil rights were violated while jailed after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks because they were Arab, Muslim or stereotyped that way.

Wednesday’s 2-1 decision by the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals prompted an impassioned dissent that the ruling could make it harder to protect the country against terrorism.



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