Brandon Mayfield, the Oregon attorney and former Halstead resident wrongly arrested in 2004 in connection with the Madrid train bombings, has settled a lawsuit against the federal government for $2 million. Some Americans will think Mayfield, a convert to Islam, should have been satisfied by the apology the FBI offered him after re-examination of fingerprint evidence showed he had not handled a bag of detonators after all. But then they didn’t have their homes searched and conversations monitored without their knowledge, and they weren’t jailed and treated as terrorists in their own country.
Taxpayers can only hope this reminds the FBI to exercise its broad anti-terrorism powers with more care.
Posted by Rhonda Holman
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