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Ashcroft v. Iqbal

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Yesterday the Supreme Court issued a ruling in the case of Ashcroft v. Iqbal. Alexander Reinert, assistant professor at the Cardozo School of Law, represents Javaid Iqbal who was held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn and Nina Bernstein, New York Times immigration reporter, reported on the detainees.

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Comments [8]

Gabrielle from Brooklyn

I know of an orthodox jewish guy who went to the NYU islamic center and offered to escort Muslim women in hijab home so they weren't harrassed. If that is not a case for our capacity for understanding and reaching out to each other, i don't know what is.

New Yorkers are not xenophobic. New York is also one of the most solidly Democratic (blue) states. if we were so hateful we would be voting for the Republicans, known for their hawkishness, in droves.

May. 19 2009 12:34 PM
Eric from NYC

The issue in the case was whether the petitioner plead sufficient facts to state a claim. The Court indicated that he failed to allege "intentional discrimination." This is a procedural decision and not a substantive one.

May. 19 2009 11:23 AM
Arthur Aptowitz from Forest Hills-Key Food-Queens Blvd and 108th Street

By writing "rules" for "enhanced interrogation", our government insured that torture would be used routinely, rather than in extraordinary situations on a case-by-case basis to be decided by the President. We "institutionalized" terror and Iqbal was one of many similar results.

May. 19 2009 11:21 AM
Leo from Queens

its astounding that people were abused just for being Arabs and that the government officials responsible for it are not held to account. This is the same as Abu Ghraib where only the 'bad apples' have been used as scapegoats while the officers and civilian leaders at the Pentagon have hidden behind, as the cowards they are, behind the premise that these were a few isolated bad apples

May. 19 2009 11:21 AM
Leo from Queens

its astounding that people were abused just for being Arabs and that the government officials responsible for it are not held to account. This is the same as Abu Ghraib where only the 'bad apples' have been used as scapegoats while the officers and civilian leaders at the Pentagon have hidden behind, as the cowards they are, behind the premise that these were a few isolated bad apples

May. 19 2009 11:20 AM
marina aizen from argentina

can you call this abuses torture? tks

May. 19 2009 11:19 AM
A.R. Rowe from New York, NY

Brian, please do not let your female guest tar all New York City residents with the torturer brush. Like others who lost friends and family in the dust of the World Trade Center, the last thing I wanted was for innocent people - or anyone - to be tortured in my name, with my tax dollars, in my boro, or anywhere else on the planet! It is obvious that revenge begets revenge in an ever-escalating cycle, and that people learn by example. Thanks!

May. 19 2009 11:17 AM
Smokey from LES

I don’t accept your characterization that after 9/11, New Yorkers wanted to “round them up.” None of my friends felt that.

May. 19 2009 11:13 AM

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