This is a pretty amazing case of FBI wrong doing. The Spanish authorities told the FBI repeatedly that Mayfield's prints did not match. FBI computer analysis confirmed this. But they arrested him anyway. And now they claim that it wasn't because Mayfield had recently converted to Islam:
U.S. Settles Suit Filed by Ore. Lawyer
$2 Million Will Be Paid For Wrongful Arrest After Madrid Attack
By Dan Eggen
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, November 30, 2006; Page A03
The U.S. government agreed yesterday to pay $2 million to settle a lawsuit filed by an Oregon lawyer who was arrested and jailed for two weeks in 2004 after the FBI bungled a fingerprint match and mistakenly linked him to a terrorist attack in Spain.
Under the terms of the settlement filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Portland, the government also issued an unusual apology to Brandon Mayfield for the "suffering" caused by his wrongful arrest and imprisonment. It acknowledged that the ordeal was "deeply upsetting" to Mayfield and his family.
Mayfield will be able to continue pursuing his legal challenge to the constitutionality of the USA Patriot Act anti-terrorism law, which was used to obtain his personal records while he was under investigation.