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Portland lawyer sues U.S. government, claims religious profiling

by Amanda Luker

Oct. 6, 2004 – A Muslim lawyer from Portland, Oregon filed a lawsuit arguing the US government singled him out as a suspect after the Madrid, Spain train bombings because of his faith. The FBI wiretapped Brandon Mayfield’s home and held him in custody for two weeks after a fingerprint at the site was incorrectly identified as his. The FBI later apologized for what it calls an "error," but blamed the confusion on mistakes from a blurry digital image of the fingerprint.

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Mayfield, a 38-year-old Muslim convert, claims that the FBI honed in on him because of his religion, even though the computer program showed three closer matches to the fingerprint. Mayfield is asking for unspecified damages as well as a ruling against provisions of the controversial Patriot Act allowing a secret court to authorize wiretaps and searches.

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Amanda Luker is a contributing journalist.

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