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Lawmakers Ask Ashcroft Why Suspect Freed

Republican and Democratic lawmakers alike are demanding to know why the Bush administration chose to release to Syria a terror suspect when several prosecutors and FBI agents had collected evidence for a possible criminal case. The circumstances surrounding Nabil al-Marabh’s release, detailed in a recent Associated Press story, are “of deep concern and appear to be a departure from an aggressive, proactive approach to the war on terrorism,” Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote Tuesday in a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft. “Al-Marabh was at one time No. 27 on the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) list of Most Wanted Terrorists,” wrote Grassley, who leads the committee that controls federal spending and also is a member of the Judiciary Committee that oversees the Justice Department. “He appears to have links to a number of terrorists and suspected terrorists in several U.S. cities.” Full Story

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