Jail Guard Could Face Charges For Aiding Muslims in Lawsuit

July 26, 2007


Source: New York Sun


The federal government is threatening an official at a Brooklyn jail with imprisonment if he gives legal assistance to several Muslim men who are suing over their detention following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The guard who received the unusual warning, Steven Barrere, is currently a defendant in a prison abuse suit brought by six Muslim men and a Hindu once held at the federal Metropolitan Detention Center. The men, since deported, are suing prison guards for allegedly beating them up, as well as Attorney General Ashcroft and other top officials for allegedly orchestrating their harsh treatment.