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In the days following the 2001 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, DC, over 700 Muslim men were arrested, "roughed up," and held in maximum security facilities. None of them were ever charged with terrorism or links to terrorism, though some were found to be guilty of breaking immigration laws. To prove just how American they really are, many of the men decided to sue.

In a classic 5-4 split today, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled Monday that former Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller cannot be held liable for the targeting of Muslim men in the arrests. In the majority ruling, Justice Kennedy wrote that "the Sept. 11 attacks were perpetrated by 19 Arab Muslim hijackers who counted themselves members in good standing of Al Qaeda, an Islamic fundamentalist group." Kennedy goes on to write that the court believes the men detained "had potential connections to those who committed terrorist acts," and the arrests therefor did not qualify as "unconstitutional discrimination."



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