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“Federal Report on Confession from Egyptian Is in Dispute”

New York Times correspondent Benjamin Weiser reports. Excerpt: Release to the public of a report due this week on how the F.B.I. obtained a confession from an innocent Egyptian student who was detained in connection with the attack on the World Trade Center could be delayed as a result of an escalating dispute between prosecutors …

“Held Without Charge: Material Witness Law Puts Detainees in Legal Limbo”

Newsday staff writer John Riley reports on post 9/11 civil rights abuses stemming from the material witness law in this well-researched investigative article, which is the fourth in a series. Among other things, he documents the case of Abdallah Higazy, from whom an FBI polygrapher extracted a false confession. Excerpt: Higazy, an Egyptian diplomat’s child …

“Spooky Goofs” [Abdallah Higazy Case]

Chisun Lee reports for the Village Voice. Excerpt: Last fall, after inventorying the rooms guests had fled on September 11 in a hotel directly across from the World Trade Center, a security guard reported finding a ground-to-air aviation radio locked in the safe of Egyptian student Abdallah Higazy. Higazy was called in, questioned, and thrown …

Hatfill Contradicts Kristof on Polygraphs; Kristof Stands by Columns

In a 13 August 2002 op-ed piece titled “The Anthrax Files,” New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof reported that anthrax investigation “person of interest” Dr. Steven J. Hatfill had “failed” three polygraph “tests” since January and declined a fourth. In an article titled “Anthrax figure steps up offense,” Baltimore Sun staff writer Scott Shane …

Steven Hatfill to Sue Nicholas Kristof over Polygraph Claim?

In an article titled, “Anthrax ‘Subject’ Explores Filing Lawsuit against NYT Columnist for ‘Malicious Lies’” Internet writer Matthew Drudge reports that anthrax investigation “person of interest” Dr. Steven J. Hatfill is contemplating a lawsuit against New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof. Excerpt: A foreshadow of legal fireworks over what has been reported about the …

“Records Show Judge’s Qualms Over F.B.I. Acts”

New York Times reporter Benjamin Weiser reports on developments in the case of Abdallah Higazy, a falsely accused exchange student from whom an as yet un-named FBI polygrapher extracted a false confession. Excerpt: Newly released court documents show that a federal judge in Manhattan briefly considered appointing a special prosecutor to investigate how the F.B.I. …

“Judge Releases Documents in [Abdallah Higazy] Case”

Associated Press correspondent Devlin Barrett reports. Excerpt: NEW YORK- A federal judge believes he was misled by the government before he ordered the detention of an Egyptian student suspected of involvement in the Sept. 11 attack, newly released documents show. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff on Thursday unsealed more than 100 pages of court papers …

“Some Nuclear Scientists SAY: Senator Is Blamed for Forcing Test on Scientists But Refuses to Take it Himself”

Sean Reilly, of the Mobile Register Washington bureau reports. Excerpt: WASHINGTON — As the FBI hunts the source of a news leak involving the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, some members of Congress have agreed to undergo lie detector tests. U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama isn’t one of them. “The Senate, and I assume, the …