The personal liability of high-ranking officials for the mistreatment of Muslim men swept up after Sept. 11, 2001, and segregated at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn was sharply contested Wednesday at the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

For almost two hours, a three-judge panel peppered lawyers for top U.S. Department of Justice and FBI officials, the former warden of the detention center, and FBI and corrections supervisors who argued that Eastern District Judge John Gleeson was wrong to reject their claims of qualified immunity.

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