Abuse of civil liberties
Obama's Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano had erroneously connected Veterans with domestic terrorism. She promised to correct this mistake and said "I offered him my sincere apologies for any offense to our veterans caused by this report," and "I pledge that the department has fixed the internal process that allowed this document to be released before it was ready."(18 ).
Department of Defense (DOD) using training material that says public protests should be regarded as "low-level terrorism,". Northern California ACLU staff attorney Ann Brick and ACLU Washington national security policy counsel Michael German said in a letter to wrote in the letter to Gail McGinn acting undersecretary of Defense for personnel "DOD employees cannot accomplish their mission of protecting our nation and its values unless they understand that those values encompass the right to criticize our government through protest activities," they wrote. "It is imperative that they are taught the difference between political, religious or social activism and terrorism."(19 ).
Portland lawyer Brandon Mayfield a Muslim convert was wrongfully arrested in connection to a train bombing in Madrid. The FBI used the Patriot Act to gather personal information to make Mayfield seem like a Muslim militant. US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales admitted before Congress the act had been used for the investigation, but denied it an hour later when asked again(20 ).
This is about par for the course, Mayfield was arrested because it was claimed his fingerprints matched one found on a bag of detonator caps found near the scene of the bombing. He was freed two weeks later after the FBI admitted his fingerprints didn't match the one found on the bag detonator caps (21 ).
A secret Department of Defense (DOD) database claimed that a 79 year old peace activist Quaker grandmother was a potential terrorist threat. The threatening actions consisted of things like handing out literature in front of military recruiting stations and commemorating the second anniversary of the Iraq War (21 ).
Five Algerians were ordered release from Guantanamo Bay a federal Judge rules that the group cannot be held indefinitely as enemy combatants. U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon said the governments evidence was not credible because it comes from a single unidentified source (22 ).
Innocent people have died due to war on terror hysteria. Jean Charles de Menezes a Brazilian was shot dead when he was mistaken for a failed suicide bomber in the south of London. He was mistaken for Hussain Osman, the day after four botched attacks on the London public transport system (23 ).