The ACLU filed a lawsuit today against the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the NYPD and Mayor Bloomberg in Manhattan civil court. The suit alleges that the defendants wrongfully and illegally searched a bag belonging to Abu Mussab al Kiljaoul and that that search not only prevented Mr. al Kiljaoul from performing his duties, it also caused him and his family direct monetary harm as well as emotional pain and suffering.
Mr. al Kiljaoul is seeking $25,000 in lost wages plus $1m in pain and suffering and $100m in punitive damages. According to papers filed by the ACLU, Mr. al Kiljaoul was on his way to blow up the 6:52 train from Grand Central Terminal to Pleasantville when he was stopped and his bag, containing the explosives, was searched. The police subsequently arrested him and he is currently in jail pending charges against him.
As the ACLU explains, had the police not intervened, Mr. al Kiljaoul would have been able to realize his months-long dream of killing the infidel. The fact that he was stopped caused him pain and suffering, including embarrassment and humiliation among his peers. “It is terrible. Zarqawi won’t return my calls. I call my friends in my native Saudi Arabia, and all dey do is laugh at me. I will never get de 72 virgins….You know what dey call me?–Richard Reed’s Revenge. It’s embarrassing.”
Mr. al Kiljaoul would have been eligible for the UN Martyr’s Trust prize for a suicide bombing carried out on US soil. The UN took over the trust from Iraq as part of the oil for food program. The prize, awarded posthumously, is a $25,000 stipend paid to the bomber’s family. This is separate from the Israeli-Caterpillar, Inc. Suicide Bombers’ Home Relocation Program.
The Mayor’s office could not be reached for comment.