I’d like everyone to read this story about a United States citizen who is being detained without facing a judge. Why? Because the government says he is a “material witness” in an ongoing investigation. According to this interpretation of the Patriot Act anyone could be held indefinitely.
Yes, he is an Arab. Yes, he made donations to Islamic charities. Yes, he has been a citizen of the US for 15 years. Yes, this won’t happen to you because you’re an Anglo American. Yes, he is being denied his right to due process. Yes, he is being denied his Miranda rights. Yes, he is being strip searched everytime he leaves or enters his cell. Yes, this is America. Yes, I’m scared.