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Fact Check: Terrorism and Terrorism Related Prosecutions by the Bush Administration
More than 300 after 9/11

The Bush Administration regularly touted its success in prosecuting terrorism and terrorism-related crimes in federal court.

For example, in its formal budget request to Congress for the Justice Department for Fiscal Year 2009 it noted that more than 300 individuals had been convicted of terrorism or terrorism-related violations in federal court since 9/11.

The document stated:

“Since 2001, the Department has increased its capacity to investigate terrorism and has identified, disrupted, and dismantled terrorist cells operating in the United States. These efforts have resulted in the securing of 319 convictions or guilty pleas in terrorism or terrorism-related cases arising from investigations conducted primarily after September 11, 2001, and zero terrorist attacks on American soil by foreign nationals from 2003 through 2007.”

The document further noted that,

“Since September 11, 2001, the Department has charged 512 individuals with terrorism or terrorism-related crimes and convicted or obtained guilty pleas in 319 terrorism-related and anti-terrorism cases.”
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