Open Wide the Gates of Justice: 9/11 Witnesses Can Sue Ashcroft

From WTAE in Pittsburgh (Always the first with the breaking news. So, kudos to them):

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals says the U.S. Attorney General may be held liable for people who were wrongfully detained as material witnesses after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

In a harshly worded 91-page ruling handed down Friday, the justices found that a man who was detained as a witness in a federal terrorism case can sue former Attorney General John Ashcroft for allegedly violating his Fourth Amendment rights.

The suit was brought forward by Abdullah Al-Kidd, a U.S. citizen and former University of Idaho student, who was detained for two weeks in 2005. Al-Kidd said he lost a scholarship and employment opportunities.

The implications of this decision are staggering.

Open wide the gates of justice, and let all who were harmed come forward.