Oregon lawyer Brandon Mayfield returns to court this week pressing his case against federal officialks for wrongly linking him to the a deadly terror attack in Madrid, reports The Oregonian. Mayfield, 38, was jailed for two weeks last year after he mistakenly was linked to a fingerprint found at the bombing scene. The FBI apologized. Mayfield wants to interview federal officials and have access to documents used to build a case against him. The government says it was acting lawfully.
If the court upholds the secrecy of the federal laws, Mayfield would not be able to learn the details behind his arrest and detention. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken must decide whether Mayfield’s attempt to pierce the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act’s (FISA) secrecy is valid. The constitutionality of changes the USA Patriot Act made to FISA has not been decided by any court other than the secret FISA court.