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Report Sees Gains in Protocol for 9/11 Detentions

The F.B.I. and other federal law enforcement agencies have made important strides toward fine-tuning their counterterrorism operations to avoid prolonged detentions of illegal immigrants with no clear terrorist ties, a Justice Department inspector general’s report concluded Tuesday. Among other critical changes, the report said, the F.B.I. has developed a much clearer set of criteria in recent months for determining which illegal immigrants should be considered terrorist suspects. And the Bureau of Prisons, criticized for the treatment of illegal immigrants in Brooklyn after the Sept. 11 attacks, agreed to hold on to prison videotapes for six months to help investigate accusations of physical and verbal abuse against its guards. An investigation into reports that Brooklyn prisoners were physically and verbally abused was stymied for a time by the disappearance of the prison’s videotapes. Full Story

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