DOJ Documents 400 Alleged Civilian Terrorist Trials since 9/11

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on March 26, 2010

WSJ: “In a bid to rebut Republican criticism of the efficacy of civilian trials for prosecuting terrorism suspects, the Justice Department on Friday unveiled the most complete list to date of terrorism convictions won in civilian courts. The release of the list, which shows that more than 400 people have been convicted of international terrorism or terror-related offenses in such courts since Sept. 11, 2001, is the latest salvo in a political battle over where to try terrorism suspects. President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have been pointing to the hundreds of terrorism convictions secured by U.S. courts in the past nine years. But Republican opponents argue that criminal trials hamstring the fight against terrorism because of legal protections granted to defendants in civilian court, and the inability to use certain classified information in that venue. They prefer alternatives such as military tribunals.”

  • Via the Plum Line blog: “The National Security Division’s International Terrorism and Terrorism-Related Statistics Chart tracks convictions resulting from international terrorism investigations conducted since September 11, 2001, including investigations of terrorist acts planned or committed outside the territorial jurisdiction of the United States over which Federal criminal jurisdiction exists and those within the United States involving international terrorists and terrorist groups. Convictions listed on the chart involve the use of a variety of Federal criminal statutes available to prevent, disrupt, and
    punish international terrorism and related criminal activity. The convictions are the product of the Department’s aggressive, consistent, and coordinated national enforcement effort with respect to international terrorism that was undertaken after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.”
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