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Terrorism Case Shows U.S. Flaws in Strategy

When federal agents went through the apartment door just before sunrise on Sept. 17, 2001, Glock automatics at the ready, what they found caused government officials all the way to the top of the Justice Department to snap to attention. Less than a week after Islamic extremists attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, here were three North African Muslim men caught in a barren apartment with airport security passes, forged passports, videotapes of American landmarks and a crude sketch labeled in Arabic an “American base in Turkey.” They also had virulent jihadist tapes, including a rant against Christians and Jews that said, “Allah, kill them all. Don’t keep any of them alive.” Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft proclaimed the breakup of a dangerous terrorist cell. Less than two years later, Detroit yielded the first trials and convictions of alleged terrorists in the United States after Sept. 11. But the seemingly brilliant prosecution soon imploded. Full Story

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