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14 Days in the Big House

Posted By Sam Koritz On December 8, 2003 @ 7:38 pm In Uncategorized | Comments Disabled

So maybe al Qaeda exploited US jihad support [1] prior to Sept 11, 2001, but since then the government has been kicking the terrorists’ butts. Right?

Maybe not.

According to a new Syracuse University study [2], in the 2 years after the Sept 11 attacks the Justice Department resolved 2681 terrorism-related cases referred by investigators. Of these:

– 1,554 were thrown out without charges being filed. Of the remaining 1127 cases:

– 234 were dismissed [3]. Of the remaining 893 cases:

– 14 resulted in not guilty verdicts. Of the remaining 879 cases:

– 506 resulted in no prison sentence. Of the remaining 373 cases:

– 260 were sentenced to the time they had already spent in jail, and were released. Of the remaining 113 cases:

– 23 were sentenced to 5 or more years — as compared with 24 sentenced to 5 or more years in the two years before the 9/11 attacks.


Terrorism cases fizzling out in US courts: study [4],” LA Times:

“…[W]hile 184 people have been convicted of crimes deemed to involve ‘international terrorism,’ defendants were sentenced to a median [5] prison term of just 14 days.”

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[1] al Qaeda exploited US jihad support: http://www.antiwar.com/blog/comments.php?id=P243_0_1_60

[2] Syracuse University study: http://www.cnn.com/2003/LAW/12/08/terrorism.prosecutions.ap/

[3] were dismissed: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=ISO-8859-1&scoring=d&edition=us&q=al+qaeda+bosnia+dropped+charges

[4] Terrorism cases fizzling out in US courts: study: http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/12/08/1070732145997.html

[5] median: http://davidmlane.com/hyperstat/A27533.html

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