The Economist
January 20, 2005

In an analysis of the challenges facing Alberto Gonzales, the new attorney general, the London-based news weekly quoted his statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee that the war on terror would be his top priority. But the magazine then asked an important question: how effective has the Justice Department's effort been in fighting terrorism in the United States since 9/11/01? Yes Congress had passed the USA Patriot Act, the magazine said. Yes some plotters had been locked up. But then the article quoted David Cole of Georgetown University Law School as saying the department's claims had been pumped up. It also cited a TRAC data study that found the typical sentence for international terrorism in the two years after the attacks was only 14 days, "hardly what you would expect for a terror crime."

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