The FBI's Right To Threaten Torture

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 27 Oct 2007 08:32:53 GMT  <== Politics ==> 

James Bovard at - When Abdallah Higazy, an Egyptian student, returned to his hotel near the World Trade Center, to retrieve his belongings left there in his hurry to evacuate on 9/11, he was arrested, and coerced by FBI agent Michael Templeton into admitting that an "aviation radio" supposedly found in his room was his. Templeton threatened that Higazy's family would be tortured in Egypt. The radio did not belong to Mr. Higazy, so they indicted him for lying to a federal agent. And Nazi Templeton is getting away with it. [lew]

The FBI has long taught its agents that subjects of their investigation have "forfeited their right to the truth," according to the ethics study guide at the FBI Academy. Perhaps, according to federal lawmen, it is a small step from lying to suspects to threatening to have their kinfolk tortured. The agency has done nothing in the nearly six years since this case began to indicate that the methods used in the Higazy case did not receive the full approval of FBI headquarters.

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