Mr. Higazy, 31, claimed he confessed only because the polygrapher had threatened his relatives in Egypt. The review by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General found no evidence to substantiate that claim and found that no further action was necessary.
The reports also note that Mr. Higazy did not raise the issue of threats against his family until 10 days after the polygraph test on Dec. 27, 2001.
Newly released court documents show that a federal judge in Manhattan briefly considered appointing a special prosecutor to investigate how the F.B.I. had obtained a confession from an innocent Egyptian student detained in connection with the attack on the World Trade Center.
The documents show Mr. Higazy complained to his lawyer, Robert S. Dunn, that the agent "threatened the safety and security of both his family in Egypt as well as his younger brother who was attending school upstate," and that he felt he had no choice but to make some kind of admission "to remove his family from harm's way." The agent denied making any such threats, the documents show. The New York Times and Mr. Dunn had asked the judge to unseal the documents.
Perhaps the government does not want potential terrorists to know the sort of threats that agents routinely make during interrogations of foreigners. Makes sense to me.
I write to inform the Court of my view on the question of unsealing of the material relating to the above referenced matter. It is both my and Mr. Higazy's position, that the entire matter should be unsealed. Transparency of the judicial process should be the order of the day.