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Nominee Is Hard Charger on Legal War on Terror

In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, senior Justice Department officials were scrambling to find new ways to prevent terror suspects from slipping away. Michael Chertoff, a tough-minded prosecutor who was in charge of the department’s criminal division, pushed a new tactic – declaring suspects to be “material witnesses” and locking them up without charging them with any crime, just as Mr. Chertoff had done with mob figures before. “Mike was the one pushing to say ‘Hey, we ought to look at using this more aggressively against terrorists,’ ” a former senior Justice Department official recalled Tuesday. “He was the one who made us realize how this tool could be used legally.” Full Story

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