The process by which the Justice Department will decide whether a terrorism case goes to a regular federal court or to a military commission has been something of a mystery. The big difference is how it will be done: The people making those decisions won't just be lawyers; intelligence agents and spies will be there, too. NPR's Dina Temple-Raston reports.
According to a University of North Carolina researcher, "20 Muslim-Americans were indicted for violent terrorist plots in 2011, down from 26 the year before, bringing the total since 9/11 to 193, or just under 20 per year."
A British immigration judge ruled Monday that a longtime terrorism suspect and detainee should be released on bail. But U.K. officials say Abu Qatada's release would put Britain's national security in peril. The case shows how much Britain is grappling with the issues that have bedeviled U.S. authorities seeking to shutter Guantanamo.
Pfc. Bradley Manning, 24, will stand trial for allegedly giving more than 700,000 secret U.S. documents and classified combat video to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks for publication. Manning, a low-ranking intelligence analyst, is charged in the biggest leak of classified data in U.S. history.
Justice Department and Pentagon officials have worked to create a military commission system that mirrors federal courts in the U.S. One way they're doing that: Justice Department lawyers are teaming with military prosecutors at Guantanamo, preparing the cases against the alleged Sept. 11 conspirators.
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