Feeling safer yet?
The typical sentences recently imposed on individuals considered to be international terrorists are not impressive. For all those convicted as a result of cases initiated in the two years after 9//11, for example, the median sentence -- half got more and half got less-- was 28 days. For those referrals that came in more recently -- through May 31, 2006 -- the median sentence was 20 days. For cases started in the two year period before the 9/11 attack, the typical sentence was much longer, 41 months.International Terrorism
Ultimate Outcome of Referrals/Criminal Prosecutions
1999 - 2006
As Scheier says, "Put aside the rhetoric and the posturing; this is what is actually happening."