Justice Department Probe Finds No Abuse of Patriot Act - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

01/27/04 - Washington

Justice Department Probe Finds No Abuse of Patriot Act

A Justice Department investigation says despite more than 12-hundred civil liberties complaints, there have been no abuses of the anti-terror Patriot Act.

But it does say there were a few instances of mistreatment of Muslims or Arabs, mostly at U.S. prisons.

Inspector General Glenn Fine says only 17 of those cases involved Justice Department employees and were worthy of full investigation.

The report says most of the episodes involved excessive force, verbal abuse, and other mistreatment at Bureau of Prisons facilities. But none of the cases were directly related to the Patriot Act, which allows greater search powers and telephone taps.

More than 700 complaints were found to be unrelated to civil rights, including claims by some people that the government is broadcasting harmful signals or that agents are intercepting dreams.

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