|(18 May 2010)
The dramatic post 9/11 surge in prosecutions that the government categorized as terrorism has undergone a four-fold decline, according to an analysis of timely Justice Department data by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse.
The data show that terrorism and internal security filings in court have dropped from an average of about 100 a month at their peak shortly after the attacks to a current level of just under 25 a month.
Increases and decreases in arrests or prosecutions in a particular criminal area often are not related to changes in the actual threat. Instead the shifts in official actions such as arrests or prosecutions are determined by the number of available investigators or the adoption of new enforcement policies.
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