Man in Arizona still jailed from 9/11 sweep

Man in Arizona still jailed from 9/11 sweep

Oct. 15, 2006 12:00 AM

In a jail cell at an immigration detention center in Arizona sits a man who is not charged with a crime, not suspected of a crime, not considered a danger to society.

But he has been in custody for five years.

His name is Ali Partovi. And according to the Department of Homeland Security, he is the last to be held of about 1,200 Arab and Muslim men swept up by authorities in the United States after the Sept. 11 terror attacks. advertisement Human rights groups tried to track the detainees; members of Congress denounced the arrests. They all believed that all of those who had been arrested had been deported, released or processed through the criminal justice system.

"Certainly it's not our goal as an agency to keep anyone detained indefinitely," said Homeland Security spokesman Dean Boyd.

Boyd said that the department would like to remove Partovi from the United States but that he refuses to return to his homeland of Iran. And so he remains, a curious remnant of a desperate time. - Associated Press


This maltreatment is repugnant to the U.S. Constitution & all

good people!

Before the NeoCons took over, a writ of habeas corpus would've ended this nightmare!

I cannot understand how we

I cannot understand how we Americans can be so indifferent about people's suffering.