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Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions

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Former US Attorney John Ashcroft

It seems to me incredibly relevant that the communities likely to be subjected to discriminatory and arbitrary national security policies are black and brown communities … . That it seems that the rights of those individuals maybe don’t weigh quite as heavily as the rights of others, and that’s something we have to confront.

Rachel Meeropol, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)


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June 30, 2017 | This week on CounterSpin: After 9/11, hundreds of non-citizen Muslim, Arab and South Asian men should be locked up and treated as suspected terrorists, despite no http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Defend%20Civil%20Liberties%20Graphic_2.jpgevidence of terrorist connections. That policy came from the highest levels of government; that’s why a suit brought on behalf of some of those men sought damages from top officials, including former Attorney General John Ashcroft. The Supreme Court has just denied the men’s right to sue those officials. What does that mean for accountability when powerful people make unconstitutional policy? We’ll hear from Rachel Meeropol, senior staff attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights. (MP3)

Transcript: Janine Jackson interviewed Rachel Meeropol for the June 30, 2017, episode of CounterSpin about the Supreme Court’s rejection of an unlawful detention lawsuit. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Rachel Meeropol is a Senior Staff Attorney and Associate Director of Legal Training and Education at the Center for Constitutional Rights, where she works on prisoners' rights, Muslim profiling, criminalization of dissent, and First Amendment issues.

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