Government FISA appeal headed to court

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- A dormant government appeal of a 2007 ruling that said the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act is unconstitutional will be argued in court.

Part of U.S. Patriot Act takes legal blow

PORTLAND, Ore., Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Two provisions of the Bush administration's USA Patriot Act have been struck down as unconstitutional by a federal judge in Oregon.

Oregon man settles Justice suit for $2M

PORTLAND, Ore., Nov. 30 (UPI) -- An Oregon attorney falsely accused of being involved in the 2004 Madrid train bombings will receive $2 million from the U.S. Justice Department.

FBI examines fingerprint identifications

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- The FBI is checking the cases of death row prisoners in the United States to determine if its fingerprint examiners made mistakes, a report said.

Case challenges U.S. anti-terrorism laws

PORTLAND, Ore., July 12 (UPI) -- A Portland, Ore., lawyer held as a suspect but later cleared in the Madrid terror bombings goes to court this week in a closely watched civil liberties battle.

Man held in Madrid bombing finds FBI flaws

SEATTLE, June 1 (UPI) -- An FBI examiner who wrongly linked a Portland, Ore., lawyer to the Madrid train bombings made bad fingerprint identifications twice in the past, documents show.

FBI apologizes in Madrid probe error

PORTLAND, Ore., May 25 (UPI) -- The FBI has apologized to Brandon Mayfield, a Portland, Ore., attorney and Muslim convert, for connecting him with the Madrid train bombing.

Oregon lawyer linked to Spain bomb cleared

PORTLAND, Ore., May 24 (UPI) -- An Oregon court Monday dropped charges against an attorney linked to the terrorist train bombing in Madrid were due to a fingerprint-identification error.

Ore. lawyer released in Madrid bombings

PORTLAND, Ore., May 20 (UPI) -- Federal authorities Thursday released an Oregon man whose fingerprints were thought to have been found on evidence connected to the Madrid train bombings.

Fingerprint in Spain led to Oregon arrest

PORTLAND, Ore., May 10 (UPI) -- A fingerprint on a plastic bag containing bomb materials found after the March 11 Spanish train bombings led to last week's arrest of an Oregon lawyer.

Fingerprint in Spain led to Oregon arrest

PORTLAND, Ore., May 9 (UPI) -- A fingerprint on a plastic bag containing bomb materials found after the March 11 Spanish train bombings led to last week's arrest of an Oregon lawyer.

Moroccan suspected in Madrid bombings

MADRID, May 8 (UPI) -- Spanish officials said Saturday police arrested a Moroccan man as part of the investigation into the deadly March 11 Madrid train bombings.

U.S. lawyer held for Madrid bombings

PORTLAND, Ore., May 7 (UPI) -- The FBI has taken a Portland, Ore., lawyer into custody as a suspect in the March 11 bombing attacks in Madrid, CNN reported Friday.

Brandon Mayfield (born July 15, 1966) is an American attorney in Washington County, Oregon. He is best known for being erroneously linked to the 2004 Madrid train bombings. On May 6, 2004, the FBI arrested Mayfield as a material witness in connection with the Madrid attacks, and held him for over two weeks. Mayfield was never charged, and an FBI internal review later acknowledged serious errors in their investigation. Ensuing lawsuits have resulted in a formal apology from the U.S. government, a $2 million settlement, and the overturning of provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act on constitutional grounds.

Mayfield's case has been referenced in numerous scientific, political, and social journals.

Mayfield was born in Coos Bay, Oregon and grew up in Halstead, Kansas. He served in the United States Army Reserve from 1985 to 1989, and then as an officer in the Army in Bitburg, Germany from 1992 to 1994. He met his wife Mona, an Egyptian national and the daughter of a college professor, on a blind date in Olympia Washington in 1986, and converted to Islam shortly afterwards. They have lived in Beaverton, Oregon off and on since 1989. Although he was a regular worshiper at a Beaverton mosque prior to his arrest, his colleagues were unaware of his religious beliefs. The imam of the mosque has described Mayfield as "very patriotic". Mayfield has three children.

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