Sept. 11 detainees can’t sue US officials, Supreme Court rules

(FILES) This file photo taken on July 5, 2001 shows US President George Bush (L) waving after announcing Robert Mueller (C) as his choice to be the new director of the FBI at a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House in Washington, DC. Joining them is US Attorney General John Ashcroft (R). Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on May 17, 2017, named Mueller as special counsel to lead the probe into alleged Russian meddling and possible collusion with US President Donald Trump's team, as the president stands accused of seeking to stall the investigation. / AFP PHOTO / EMILIE SOMMEREMILIE SOMMER/AFP/Getty Images
Former FBI director Robert Mueller (center) and former attorney general John Ashcroft (right) were involved in the long-running lawsuit.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says Muslim men detained after the Sept. 11 attacks can’t sue top U.S. law enforcement officials.

The justices by a 4-2 vote on Monday ended a long-running lawsuit against former Attorney General John Ashcroft, former FBI Director Robert Mueller and other top Bush administration officials. The suit was filed by Muslim men who were detained for months in harsh conditions in a Brooklyn jail after the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

They were seeking damages against Ashcroft, Mueller, former immigration chief James Ziglar and the man who ran the federal jail. A lower court still may re-examine claims against the jailer.


Only six of the nine justices were eligible to take part in the case.