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The Terrorist Hunters

30th Dec 2008 posted in Resilience

A jury has found five men guilty of conspiring to attack the Fort Dix military base in New Jersey. I followed the trial closely because I had gotten to know so many of the main players last year. I’d spent many hours interviewing the families and the lawyers for a story on the case as a model for terrorism prosecutions going forward. In the end, I found the men themselves to be only moderately interesting; the informants—employed by the FBI to record hundreds of hours of conversations with the men—turned out to be the main story.

This decision has been a long time coming. I had expected the jury to give the government some of what it wanted but not all, and that is what happened. But I can’t say I feel safer. Here’s my take on the verdict for Time.