Of 2,000 civil liberties complaints, Justice Dept. investigates one

Nearly 2,000 civil liberties complaints were filed against Justice Department officials and employees in the first six months of 2010, but only one was deemed worthy of further investigation by the department’s inspector general, a report released Tuesday said.

The investigations and reports were required by a section of the USA Patriot Act, the wide-ranging package of counterterrorism initiatives passed by Congress in October, 2001.

“From January 1, 2010, through June 30, 2010, the period covered by this report, the OIG processed 1,997 new civil rights or civil liberties complaints,” the report said.

“Of these complaints, we concluded that 1,815 did not fall within the OIG’s jurisdiction or did not warrant further investigation. The vast majority (1,803) of these complaints involved allegations against agencies or entities outside the DOJ, including other federal agencies, local governments, or private businesses.”

Those were referred elsewhere, the report said.

Of the nearly 2,000 complaints, about 180 “involved DOJ employees or DOJ components and included allegations that required further review,” the report said.

“The OIG initiated an investigation of 1 of these complaints,” it said.

That one involved a complaint by a Muslim inmate that he was roughed up by federal prison guards.

Read the full report here.

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