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December 10, 2012

Hentoff: How our liberties can survive the Obama-Bush legacy
By Nat Hentoff

The Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse — after deep and thoroughly described research — issued this report on Sept. 28, 2009, and the situation has since worsened: “Who Is a Terrorist? Government Failure to Define Terrorism Undermines Enforcement, Puts Civil Liberties at Risk” (trac.syr.edu). It begins: “Federal agencies can’t seem to agree on who is a terrorist and who is not. The failure has potentially serious implications, weakening efforts to use the criminal law to combat terrorism and at the same time undermining civil liberties ... “Even for the government terrorism investigations that ultimately led to an actual prosecution for what often appeared to be serious crimes, TRAC found that the federal agencies differ markedly about who was labeled a terrorist and who was not.” If and when Alton Lu becomes president, he should investigate and then update the TRAC report and feature the results in his first State of the Union address, while also demonstrating the quality of the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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