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Gitmo detainee cleared of terror suspicions, sent home to face ‘reprisals’

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WASHINGTON — US officials said Thursday an Algerian national who was held at Guantanamo and cleared of terror suspicions by a US judge more than a year ago was repatriated, despite his objections.

Saiid Farhi had contested the move, fearing reprisals in his home country.

The Pentagon said in a statement that President Barack Obama’s administration “coordinated” with the Algerian government to “ensure the transfer took place under appropriate security and humane treatment measures.”

It said the release came after a comprehensive review of Farhi’s case.

Farhi had tried in vain to contest his repatriation before the US federal justice system, even turning to the Supreme Court, which declined to examine his case in July.

US District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ordered Farhi’s release in November 2009, noting he had expressed fear of being charged, sentenced and executed if he returned to Algeria.

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With Farhi’s departure, 173 detainees remain at the special detention center at the US naval base in Cuba that will celebrate its ninth anniversary on Tuesday.

The Center for Constitutional Rights said Thursday it was “deeply concerned” for Farhi’s safety in Algeria, “including the threat of persecution by private terrorist groups against whom the Algerian government cannot assure his protection.”

The human rights group also urged the Algerian government to “immediately” disclose information on Farhi’s whereabouts and well-being.

It was the second forcible repatriation to Algeria after Abdul Aziz Naji in July last year, which was similarly critiqued by human rights advocates. The New York Times at the time called the transfer “an act of cruelty that seems to defy explanation.”

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Teen brutally attacks Hispanic mother after she got him suspended by school for racist abuse of her son

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A student at New Jersey school has been accused of brutally beating a Hispanic mother after she complained about her son being subjected to racist abuse.

NJ.com reports that 35-year-old Beronica Ruiz, whose son attends the Passaic Gifted and Talented Academy School No. 20 in Passaic, New Jersey, went to complain to administrators after her son had been subjected to bigoted taunts and threats of violence from other students.

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E. Jean Carroll’s rape allegations against Trump exposed a depressing fact about the American public — according to this conservative

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This week, former advice columnist E. Jean Carroll published explosive allegations that President Donald Trump had raped her in a department store in the 1990s. In response, the President tweeted that she was "not his type" and that he'd never met her.

As the Democratic debates begin, media commenters wondered why a credible accusation of rape against a sitting President is not enough to permanently sink his chances at re-election, with some blaming the media for moving on too fast.

Writing in the conservative publication The Bulwark, Jonathan V. Last notes that the media did its job. And that it's the US public that lacks the moral compass to ditch the president, despite multiple allegations of sexual assault.

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Democrats win huge emoluments clause Trump violations suit

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Congressional Democrats are being allowed to forge ahead with their emoluments case against Trump after a federal ruling landed in their favor Tuesday. Democrats are expected to now begin obtaining financial records from the Trump Organization.

The Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan denied a request from Justice Department lawyers to pause the case to allow an immediate appeal to a higher court in a setback for the president. The Justice Department said it would make an emergency plea directly to an appeals court in Washington, a long-shot legal tactic that is rarely granted in ordinary litigation.

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