Sept. 11 Detainees Can’t Sue Government Says Supreme Court

After the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Centers, Pentagon and the airline that passengers took down in Pennsylvania before it hit the Capital Building, many legal and illegal immigrants were detained and held for questioning and further investigation. Some of them were treated as illegals and sent packing, while others were held longer. A lower court ruled that the detainees could sue the federal government for monetary damages, but that was overturned by the Supreme Court on Monday.

A busy Supreme Court on Monday ruled, in a vote of 4-2, that former September 11 detainees do not have the right to sue government officials for money damages.

This is an issue for Congress, not the judiciary, Justice Anthony Kennedy argued in the court’s opinion. Furthermore, he said, the Second Circuit “erred” in allowing respondents’ detention policy claims to move forward under the context of Bivens v. Six Unknown Fed. Narcotics Agents, which determined that federal officers would need to pay damages to compensate individuals who were subjected to unconstitutional conditions. Expanding Bivens is a “disfavored” judicial activity, Kennedy noted.

After the September 11, 2001 attacks, the public sent 96,000 tips to the FBI regarding what they believed was suspicious behavior…

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Knowing that Barack Obama made 5 appointments to the Second Circuit Court should have explained why the ruled in error and in favor of the detainees. Obama’s entire administration was about every other nationality except Americans, so with his filling the Second Circuit Court with liberals, they were bound to rule on agenda, not law. Thankfully, the Supreme Court on Monday corrected that wrong ruling.




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