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Thursday, December 23, 2004


Yes. The Patriot Act is retroactive: That is, if someone participates in an act of "terrorism," which could alternatively be called "freedom fighting," and it happened before the passage of the Act, even in another country, the accused person can be prosecuted, detained, and/ or deported.

One such case is actually happening in Michigan. A Turkish "freedom fighter," Ibrahim Parlak, immigrated to the U.S., became an upstanding member of Harbert, Michigan, ran a restaurant, raised a family and contributed to the community.

The Detroit Immigration Court could deport Ibrahim allegedly because his "freedom fighting" is interpreted by his accusers as "terrorism."

The actions in which he participated occurred years before the passage of the Patriot Act.