October 22, 2007

This story is wild. (updated)

The long and the short of it was that an Egpytian national, Abdallah Higazy, was staying in a hotel in New York City on September 11 and the hotel emptied out when the planes hit the towers. The hotel later found in the closet of his room a device that allows you to communicate with airline pilots. Investigators thought this guy had something to do with 9/11 so they questioned him. According to Higazi, the investigators coerced him into confessing to a role in 9/11...Higazi first adamantly denied any involvement with 9/11 and could not believe what was happening to him. Then, he says, the investigator said his family would go through hell in Egypt, where they torture people like Saddam Hussein....read on

While Steve Bergstein was reading the opinion posted online by the court, he noticed another bizarre twist in this case:

Then something strange happened: a few minutes after I posted the blog, the opinion vanished from the Court of Appeals website! I had never seen this before, and what made all the more strange was that it involved a coerced confession over 9/11. What the hell was going on?

The court system wanted to redact a portion of the ruling on the grounds of protecting National Security, but really they just wanted to cover up this heinous act against Higazy who sued and won. Read the full article for the lowdown. As others have suggested, why isn't this story receiving some media attention? Oh, right, the media was busy informing the public that Dumbledore is gay. Priorities, people! Howard Bashman has much more....And this just proves yet again that torture doesn't work. Hey, let's have Brit Hume ask Mitt Romney if torture works again and what kind of cell should Higazy occupy after he's been sent to the double Gitmo facility he wants so badly. (h/t Ryan)

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