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Ashcroft Cites Progress in War on Terror

Dire terror threats aside, Attorney General John Ashcroft says the United States is making “monumental progress” against terrorism, pointing to the arrests of seven suspected terrorists through new border security measures and the convictions of 104 people of terror-related charges. “Some of the things that have happened should be a source of comfort to Americans,” Ashcroft said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. Successful prosecutions have led to cooperation from defendants, providing information that has “disrupted groups of individuals who were working together to assist in terrorism or perhaps commit acts of terrorism,” Ashcroft said. “Prevention is our number one priority. It is more important than prosecution,” he said. “But very frequently these priorities do not compete, they complement. In many instances prosecution has been a real aid to our prevention effort by helping generate valuable intelligence.” Full Story

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