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Eastern District Judge John Gleeson has dismissed claims against former Attorney General John Ashcroft, FBI Director Robert Mueller and former INS Commissioner James Ziglar brought by plaintiffs who alleged discriminatory and punitive detention in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks. The plaintiffs in the putative class action of Turkmen v. Ashcroft, 02-CV-2307, are eight men who are either Arab or Muslim—or perceived to be—and were arrested by the FBI or immigration authorities after 9/11, treated as “of interest” to the terror probe, detained under a blanket “hold-until-cleared” policy and held at the Metropolitan Detention Center or the Passaic County Jail.

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