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Monday, February 21, 2011

Abusing The Material Witness Designation

A new report suggests that the federal government has, at least since 9/11 -- or nearly ten years ago, been abusing the material witness designation of regular, innocent Americans as a way to facilitate investigations into suspected crimes including, but by no means limited to, terrorism or terrorism-related crimes.

In plain English, this means that entirely innocent people have been detained, imprisoned and otherwise treated unconstitutionally at the behest of, and for the convenience of, the federal government.

In short, the government has seen fit to violate the constitutional rights of innocent Americans, as that is seen as a convenient short-cut to acquiring necessary evidence in a particular case.  Apparently, violating rights has taken the place of old-fashioned investigative work. 

The suffering sustained by average, hard-working and innocent Americans is simply considered by some to be acceptable collateral damage.  

This is unacceptable.

Eric Dixon is a New York lawyer. 

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