Des Moines Sunday Register
July 18, 2004

One of the most important questions facing the American people today is whether the federal effort to combat terrorists is on target or spinning its wheels. Bert Dalmer, a reporter with the Des Moines Register, took a hard look at 35 terrorism-related cases in his state and found that most of the defendants had questionable links to violence and, in the end, were generally charged with fraud or theft. One surprising doubter quoted in Dalmer's investigation was U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pratt who himself had presided over at least six of the cases. "If there have been any terrorism-related arrests in Iowa, Judge Pratt said, I haven't heard about them."

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