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Court Questions Al Qaeda Contact

A federal appeals court ordered Justice Department lawyers yesterday to explain at a closed hearing why they provided “arguably inconsistent” information about the interrogation of al Qaeda detainees — a subject that already has mired the case of terrorism suspect Zacarias Moussaoui. The order by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit comes just after a crucial decision by the same court on the same issue had moved the case forward. Yesterday’s request, however, could once again slow the prosecution of the only person charged in the United States in connection with the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The order came in response to a letter filed by the Justice Department that sought to clarify the role of prosecution team members in the secretive process of questioning the detainees. The letter says that some Moussaoui prosecutors and FBI agents are involved in broader terrorism investigations and have “shared information.” But the public release of the letter is heavily redacted for national security reasons, and it could not be determined what type of information was shared or in what context. Full Story

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