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  • Need to Know

Need To Know | The Fort Dix Five | PBS

Duration: 18:04
Program: Need to Know #119
Broadcast Date: Sep. 10, 2010

Terrorism is intrinsically difficult to combat; mistakes are inevitable. One of the terms sometimes used to describe that effort is "preemptive prosecution," a strategy where the government brings terrorism-related charges against people who have not committed terrorist acts at the time of their arrest. Critics complain the cases often involve entrapment, by government informants who have been planted among the suspects. They're arrested for what law enforcement believes they will do — not for what they've done.

One of those prosecutions is the case of the Fort Dix Five. Five young men were arrested, convicted, and jailed for plotting an attack on the military base at Fort Dix, New Jersey. The case represents a good example of how American law enforcement operates in the post 9/11 world.

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Post Date: September 11, 2010