Supreme Court Weighs Whether Bush Officials Can Be Sued Over Post-9/11 Abuse

January 18, 2017
New York Times

The federal government’s frantic response to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, sparked renewed debate Wednesday at the Supreme Court, as justices considered whether top officials in the George W. Bush administration could be held responsible for abuses against Muslim immigrants and others rounded up after the attacks.

Conservatives on the court, citing the extraordinary peril of that time, appeared willing to give the officials legal protection from lawsuits arising from the detention policies they approved after the attacks.

But some of the more liberal justices did not appear so forgiving. ...

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