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Audit Finds Big Problems in Handling of 9/11 Detentions

The Justice Department’s round-up of hundreds of illegal immigrants after the Sept. 11 attacks was plagued with “significant problems” that forced many people with no connection to terrorism to languish in prison in unduly harsh conditions, according to an internal report released today. The long-awaited report from the Justice Department’s inspector general concluded that officials with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, particularly in New York City, “made little attempt to distinguish” between illegal residents who had possible ties to terrorism and those swept up “coincidentally” in the investigation. The report represented a high-level validation of the concerns voiced by civil rights groups about the broad net authorities have cast in prosecuting the campaign against terrorism, but Justice Department officials said they believed they have acted within the confines of the law. Full Story

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