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Judge Orders ICE to Free Man Held on Terrorism Charges

The government tried to use the Patriot Act to declare the Palestinian man a "danger to national security" and hold him indefinitely

Max Siegelbaum

Jul 01, 2020

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A federal judge has ordered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to free Adham A. Hassoun, a Palestinian man who was jailed for 15 years for sending support to militants in the 1990s. The government sought to invoke an administrative provision of the Patriot Act to declare Hassoun a “danger to national security” and hold on to him indefinitely in an immigration detention center on the completion of his sentence. Hassoun was convicted of providing material support for terrorism in 2007, but the government had nowhere to send him. He was born in Lebanon as a stateless Palestinian and lived in the U.S. for three decades, and is now held at the Buffalo Federal Detention Center in Batavia. The New York Times

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