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$80 MILLION SUIT FILED AGAINST CBS

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  • ummyakoub
    $80 MILLION SUIT FILED AGAINST CBS, TERRORIST HUNTER WHAT: On Thursday, June 5, attorneys for Muslim charitable institutions and individuals who say they
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 6, 2003
      $80 MILLION SUIT FILED AGAINST CBS, 'TERRORIST HUNTER'

      WHAT: On Thursday, June 5, attorneys for Muslim charitable
      institutions and individuals who say they were falsely accused of
      links to Osama bin Laden by a CBS "60 Minutes" report will hold a
      news conference in Washington, D.C., to announce the filing of a $80
      million defamation suit against an anonymous "terrorist hunter," CBS,
      correspondent Bob Simon, and the SITE Institute, a self-proclaimed
      counterterrorism group.

      The suit stems from a May 4th "60 Minutes" segment, titled "Terrorist
      Hunter," in which an anonymous woman called "Sarah" was shown in
      disguise outside a Herndon, Va., office building that she claimed
      is "the heart of a terrorist funding ring."

      That office was one of many raided by federal authorities in March of
      2002, apparently based largely on information provided by "Sarah,"
      identified in the lawsuit as the SITE Institute's Director Rita Katz.
      More than a year after those raids, which caused outrage in the
      American Muslim community, no criminal charges have been filed
      against anyone.

      According to the lawsuit, those allegedly defamed in the "60 Minutes"
      program were not given an opportunity to respond to the charges prior
      to broadcast. The plaintiffs are seeking a judgment in the amount of
      $80 million in compensatory and punitive damages.

      A number of American Muslim and civil liberties groups will also
      participate in the news conference.

      WHEN: Thursday, June 5, 3 p.m.

      WHERE: Zenger Room, 13th Floor National Press Club Building
      529 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

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