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."
punish international terrorism and related criminal activity. The convictions are the product of the Departmentís aggressive, consistent, and coordinated national enforcement effort with respect to international terrorism that was undertaken after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks."