Sunday, July 23, 2006

Benamar Benatta

It was as though Benatta became invisible. His name never appeared on lists of detainees. His family in Algeria believed he had vanished. No defense attorney knew of his existence until a federal defender in Buffalo was assigned his case in late April 2002.

A Prisoner Of Panic After 9/11 (November 29, 2003,

Release From Jail Sought for Cleared Terrorism Suspect (December 31, 2003,

U.S. Is Faulted Over Algerian's Detention (March 22, 2005,

Now he is free.
"He was fully cleared by the FBI of any connection to terrorism . . . but the label stuck, so a man with no previous criminal record was detained [for five years] for a visa overstay."

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