Last week, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals in New York ruled in favor of protecting civil rights and civil liberties and against exempting government officials as they implement unlawful national security practices. In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, the Bush administration instituted several far-reaching practices that were intended to bolster national security. This particular ruling provided eight men, who were arrested for immigration violations and unlawfully detained in the wake of 9/11, the ability to proceed with lawsuits against Bush officials for violating their constitutional rights. The lawsuit, which was filed over 13 years ago, specifically names several prominent Bush-era officials like former Attorney General John Ashcroft and former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert Mueller.  Maybe this ruling can begin the redress process that is much needed.

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