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For Jailed Immigrants, a Presumption of Guilt

The Sept. 11 terror attacks not only turned the nation upside down, but they also inverted the foundation principles of the American legal system. The report issued yesterday by the Justice Department’s inspector general said the nation’s law enforcement authorities ceased being consumed with prosecuting violations of the law and tried to put a lid on every possible type of terrorist activity. The aggressive tactics used against people held on minor immigration violations were, civil libertarians said, a natural result of the department’s new approach. “When it’s in this preventive mode,” David D. Cole, a law professor at Georgetown University, said of the Justice Department, “it by definition sweeps very broadly and ends up harming hundreds if not thousands of people.” Full Story

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