Oct 15, 2006

Last man still in custody from 9/11 Iraqi sweeps in US

This undated photo, provided by the U.S. Marshals service, shows Ali Partovi, the last of about 1200 Arab and Muslim men swept up in the U.S. in the two months following the 9-11 terror attacks and the last still being held, according to the Department of Homeland Security. (AP Photo/U.S. Marshals Service)

My home page is MY WAY. Its news and politics, some sports at the bottom since I am a sports nut. This story greeted me this morning as I was waiting for my coffee to perk:

In a jail cell at an immigration detention center in Arizona sits a man who is not charged with a crime, not suspected of a crime, not considered a danger to society.

But he has been in custody for five years.

His name is Ali Partovi. And according to the Department of Homeland Security, he is the last to be held of about 1,200 Arab and Muslim men swept up by authorities in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

There has been no full accounting of all of these individuals. Nor has a promised federal policy to protect against unrestricted sweeps been produced.

Human rights groups tried to track the detainees; members of Congress denounced the arrests. They all believed that all of those who had been arrested had been deported, released or processed through the criminal justice system.

Just this summer, it was reported that an Algerian man, Benemar "Ben" Benatta, was the last detainee, and that his transfer to Canada had closed the book on the post-9/11 sweeps.

But now The Associated Press has learned that at least one person - Partovi - is still being held. The Department of Homeland Security insists he really is the last one in custody.

"Certainly it's not our goal as an agency to keep anyone detained indefinitely," said DHS spokesman Dean Boyd. Boyd said the department would like to remove Partovi from the United States but that he refuses to return to his homeland of Iran.

And so he remains, a curious remnant of a desperate time.

Go read the rest of the story, my dear reader..it shows the ineptitude of our Federal Goverment and the lack of compassion ala Japanese Internment Camps, of how our goverment operates..its not pretty, and I really didn't need to read this first thing this morning with my first cup of coffee. But everyone SHOULD read it.

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