New York Times
February 14, 2003

One of the government's principal strategies to protect the American people against terrorist attacks is to bring a variety of criminal charges against individuals it suspects are terrorists or in some way helping terrorists. This approach is unusual among the various anti-terrorism tools in the government's arsenal because -- unlike such methods as secret surveillance by electronic and other means -- the rules of the criminal justice system generally require that considerable case-by-case information be made public. On the basis of information obtained from the Justice Department under the FOIA, TRAC on February 13 put up a special report on its public site showing that while criminal actions against alleged terrorists had soared during the year after 9/11/01, sentences had declined. Eric Lichtblau in the New York Times Washington Bureau, the AP's David Pace, Burt Hubbard of the Rocky Mountain News and reporters at a number of other news organizations used the data to prepare their own independent reports.



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