From: Louis Newstrom (
Date: Thu Oct 25 2001 - 14:42:22 MDT

From: "Samantha Atkins" <>
> Citizens and foreign nationals pulled in in an open sweep on no
> grounds or very weak grounds or their nationality or the
> ethnicity or their religion or age and gender or some
> combination ... are "prisoners of war"? Excuse me?

What are you calling a "open sweep"? I have only heard of one or two people
picked up in any given location.

The officials deny pulling anyone in based on ethnicity or religion. They
say they only picked up people who has a specific connection to the

As for "age" and "gender"... I haven't even heard of private citizens
running around discriminating on the basis of "age" or "gender". The
inclusion of these in the list makes your complaint look like paranoia,
rather than a response to what is actually happening.

> The majority of these people are not even accused of having
> knowledge but are brought in just in case they do or in order
> for the government to look like it is doing something, even if
> it is wrong, morally questionable and very dangerous to human
> and civil rights. It is up to us to take note and to question.

Yes, people were picked up and questioned if it was thought that they knew
something, but about a week ago, Attourny General (Ashcroft) said that the
only people still in custody are those who have broken the law. Some of
them are "only" breaking immigration laws, but everyone except criminals
have been released.


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