Tuesday, October 23, 2007

You're hammer macho with FBI dogs

A curiouser and curiouser article has risen over at the NY Sun about Abdallah Higazy, who was coerced by an FBI Agent after 9/11 to admit he was a part of the attacks. How did he coerce? He told the kid he would have the Egyptians torture his family if he didn't confess.
Mr. Higazy claims that he falsely admitted to owning the radio after the FBI agent, Michael Templeton, threatened to subject Mr. Higazy¹s family to harassment by Egyptian security officials.

An airline pilot staying at the same hotel subsequently turned up to claim the radio, but Mr. Higazy spent 34 days in jail before the matter was resolved. He was initially held as a material witness but was later charged with making a false statement to investigators.
The kid was smart and sued Agent Templeton, but apparently it got all kinds of confused after a blogger posted about it. Apparently right after he posted the verdict that was up on the Appeal Court's website it was taken down, citing "National Security" concerns.
Then things got even stranger. The Court of Appeals actually phoned How Appealing to request that he remove the opinion from his website since it contained classified information. The Court said that a revised opinion would come out the next day without the classified information. How Appealing actually refused to remove the opinion. Through it all, hundreds of people came to my legal blog to see my summary of the opinion. It was either my blog or printing out and reading a 44 page epic.

The next day, the Court of Appeals reissued the Higazy opinion. With a redaction. The court simply omitted from the revised decision facts about how the FBI agent extracted the false confession from Higazy. For some reason, this information is classified. Just as the opinion gets interesting, when we are about to learn how an FBI agent named Templeton squeezed the "truth" out of Higazy, the opinion reads at page 7: "This opinion has been redacted because portions of the record are under seal. For the purposes of the summary judgment motion, Templeton did not contest that Higazy's statements were coerced."
So apparently, as far as I can tell with my lil skimming that has taken place, they redacted how he coerced Higazy because of "National Security Concerns". It makes you wonder if this is a common practice they use for Egyptian Nationals, and if so, how many folks are wrongly imprisoned because of something like this taking place? How many foreign nationals are at Gitmo or some other unknown location because the FBI threatened to sick the Egyptian Security Forces who have no moral scruples about torture on their respective families?

I don't know about you, but I just threw up a lil in my mouth.

7 comments:

SayHey Kid said...

I read about this on my fun metro ride to work this morning. Really really sick case. Proves the FBI will do just about anything to get good press (good press then). Fun to see it blow up in their faces.

Im shocked that the Feds did hook his beanbags up to a car battery for that prior confession.

Dews said...

There have been a lot of rumors that american intelligence has been taking "suspects" to egypt, or turning them over to efyptian intel pretty frequently because of our pesky "rights" and all.

Not entirely sure, but I'd wager a guess that Egypt did not sign the Geneva convention against torture, though I guess some research is in order there...

SayHey Kid said...

Thats funny. It only makes sense that we outsource our torture.

Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe said...

Dews, you talking about extraordinary rendition? That's some seriously scary shit. One day you're walking down the street, next day you're in an Egyptian gulag with a sweaty Arab beating you senseless while shocking your taint with electrodes.

Wait, Dews, why are you packing your bags for Egypt?

Dews said...

so...

don't judge me!

Dews said...

Side note, Arab women very hot...

Dewey, Cheatem, & Howe said...

Infidel.