Thursday, September 07, 2006

Feeling safer yet?

Bruce Schneier points us to this report on how Bush's Justice Department is doing in its attempts to prosecute terrorists. Get this:
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."


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