Here is an excerpt from “A Deliberate Strategy of Disruption,” via the Washington Post .

Exactly 23 minutes before suspected terrorist plot leader Mohamed Atta acquired a Florida driver’s license, a 28-year-old Pakistani gas station attendant got his license renewed at the same motor vehicles’ branch. For that reason, Mohammad Mubeen was standing in a tiny courtroom wearing an orange jumpsuit last Monday afternoon, one of more than 1,100 people ensnared in a nationwide hunt for terrorists (…) The document’s language offers the clearest window so far into a campaign of detentions on a scale not seen since World War II. As investigators race to comprehend the ongoing terrorist threat, the government has adopted a deliberate strategy of disruption — locking up large numbers of Middle Eastern men, using whatever legal tools they can. The operation is being conducted under great secrecy, with defense attorneys at times forbidden to remove documents from court and a federal gag order preventing officials from discussing the detainees. Law enforcement officials have refused to identify lawyers representing people who have been detained or to describe the most basic features of the operation. The officials say they are prohibited from disclosing more information because of privacy laws, judges’ orders and the secrecy rules surrounding the grand jury investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks.

This article is a must read. The Post actually did some investigating of its own, for which it should be applauded.

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