They really do this stuff

23Oct07

A tale of two decisions or, how the FBI gets you to confess PsychSound by Steve Bergstein

Read the article, and if you have time, the linked legal decision. But here’s a basic synopsis. Egyptian guy stays in a Manhattan hotel on 9/10/01. The hotel was evacuated on 9/11 for obvious reasons. A flight transponder was found in the guys room. He was detained, and because of threats that the Egyptian security force would harm his family if he didn’t confess, he said that the transponder was his. But a pilot showed up to the hotel a few days later asking for his radio. The Egyptian is released. He sues, and the court says that he can sue for damages. But… the legal decision is quickly taken down and the parts about torture are redacted. Too bad the internet caught it first!

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