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    US Citizen Detained & Denied Counsel

    Gulet Mohamed was detained and interrogated by the FBI without counsel for more than two hours, Mother Jones reports. Mohamed was returning from Kuwait, where the US teenager was held for a month and beaten and interrogated, he says. When he landed in Dulles International Airport, where his family waited anxiously, the FBI ignored his pleas for a lawyer and proceeded to intimidate and interrogate him. A call from a customs official to his lawyer, Gadeir Abbas, yielded no respite; Abbas requested to represent him but the official told him to call the FBI's 800 number and hung up the phone.

    After finally being released to his family, he left in a cab without answering questions about the interrogations, under advisory from his lawyer. Mohamed has not been charged of a crime and maintains his innocence. He was reportedly detained in Kuwait because he traveled to Yemen and Somalia in 2009 to visit family and learn Arabic.

    Read More: Detained US Teen Gulet Mohamed Interrogated Without Counsel by FBI | AlterNet
    Looks like the FBI-man in charge dropped the ball here, he needs to be reprimanded.

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    If it was only for two hours and he wasn't charged with a crime, I'm not sure the FBI actually broke any laws here...
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    Re: US Citizen Detained & Denied Counsel

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    If it was only for two hours and he wasn't charged with a crime, I'm not sure the FBI actually broke any laws here...
    TV leads me to believe the time they can hold someone is significantly longer.
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    Re: US Citizen Detained & Denied Counsel

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    If it was only for two hours and he wasn't charged with a crime, I'm not sure the FBI actually broke any laws here...
    Me either...

    I have a good friend that works at a point of entry on the Mexican border for the US Customs Service, and if I remember what he said to me in a conversation we had several years ago, the government has the right to detain and question anyone, without a lawyer present, who enters the US from another country. I believe he said that they do not have to honor a persons request to have a lawyer present for their questioning, unless they charge that person with a crime.

    I'm pretty sure that's what he told me, but I couldn't swear on it.

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    Re: US Citizen Detained & Denied Counsel

    Quote Originally Posted by Good Guy View Post
    Looks like the FBI-man in charge dropped the ball here, he needs to be reprimanded.
    Just 2 hours ? Did he also get his junk groped by a TSA official? I hope so, since people get groped for absolutely no reason. There was reason to detain this guy. Thanks FBI for doing your job to keep us safe.



    After finally being released to his family, he left in a cab without answering questions about the interrogations, under advisory from his lawyer. Mohamed has not been charged of a crime and maintains his innocence. He was reportedly detained in Kuwait because he traveled to Yemen and Somalia in 2009 to visit family and learn Arabic.
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    Re: US Citizen Detained & Denied Counsel

    Frequently Asked Questions | How to Flex Your Rights During Police Encounters

    How long can I be detained without being formally arrested?
    That depends. The answer is as long as it reasonably takes police to conduct the investigation. If you choose to challenge a detention, your lawyer will have to argue that police kept you longer than necessary under the circumstances. If the judge agrees, any criminal charges that resulted from your detention will likely be dropped.

    Remember that detentions are voluntary unless you verbally ask to leave. Any time police detain you, it's a good idea to ask if you're free to go. If the officer says you may leave, it's up to you to leave the scene of the encounter. If you choose to stay, the detention is automatically legal.
    You know...it's really starting to worry me that so many of you neither know---nor care---what your rights are (or what those of other people are---particularly if those other people have an Islamic sounding name).
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    Re: US Citizen Detained & Denied Counsel

    Quote Originally Posted by Barbbtx View Post
    Just 2 hours ? Did he also get his junk groped by a TSA official? I hope so, since people get groped for absolutely no reason. There was reason to detain this guy. Thanks FBI for doing your job to keep us safe.
    Even if keeping us safe requires the interrogation of an innocent teenager? I'm going to assume that he was questioned about the torture tactics used against him in Kuwait and not about his possibly being a terrorist.
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