Reports of terror crimes inflated

In the first two months of this year, the Justice Department filed charges against 56 people, labeling all the cases as “terrorism.” But an Inquirer investigation has found that at least 41 of them had nothing to do with terrorism – a point that prosecutors of the cases themselves acknowledge. Among the cases:

*28 Latinos charged with working illegally at the airport in Austin, Texas, most of them using phony Social Security numbers.

* Eight Puerto Ricans charged with trespassing on Navy property on the island of Vieques, long a site of civil protests of ordnance testing.

* A Middle Eastern man indicted in Detroit for allegedly passing bad checks who has the same name as a Hezbollah leader. Full Story

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