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Witness to Abuse
Human Rights Abuses under the Material Witness Law since September 11

A report by Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union


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Summary

Recommendations

I. The Material Witness Law: Overview and Pre-September 11 Use

II. Post-September 11 Material Witness Detention Policy

III. Misuse of the Material Witness Law to Hold Suspects as Witnesses

IV. High Security Arrests and Incarceration

V. Bypassing Judicial Review

VI. Failure of Safeguards for Material Witnesses

VII. Abusive Interrogations

VIII. Secret Proceedings

IX. Every Witness a Flight Risk

X. Haste, Incompetence, Prejudice: The Arrest of Witnesses Who Have No Information

XI. Consequences of Arrest for Material Witness Detainees and their Families

    Acknowledgements

June 2005   Vol. 17, No. 2(G)