former Portland resident who says he was tortured in the United Arab
Emirates in 2011 at the behest of the U.S. government has been denied
asylum in Sweden. Yonas Fikre, a Muslim from Oregon,
The FBI this week will ask a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging its agents had Portland resident Yonas Fikre kidnapped and tortured for months in the United Arab Emirates, then refused to let him re-enter the United States. Fikre is living in Sweden, where he sought asylum after being released from a UAE facility in September 2011, and after being denied an airline ticket ...
The arrest of Mohamed Osman Mohamud last month for an alleged plot to blow up Pioneer Courthouse Square thrust Portland onto the front line of the so-called "global war on terror." A lesser-known local connection emerged again this past week when national media outlets reported that psychologists Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen participated directly in waterboarding terror suspects. Mitchell, ...