The Justice Department's watchdog office is investigating whether the Patriot Act was used improperly to arrest an Oregon lawyer in connection with terror bombings in Spain based on faulty FBI fingerprint analysis. The case of Brandon Mayfield is among three new investigations into potential civil rights or civil liberties violations by the Justice Department against Muslims, Arabs or other groups considered vulnerable to backlash in the war on terror.
Justice Investigates Mistaken Detention of Lawyer Over Fingerprint
The Associated Press
September 14, 2004