Terrorism Trials & Investigations

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Terrorism is increasingly complicating the traditional dichotomy between criminal conduct and acts of war. More than ever, policymakers, legal scholars and the public are debating the appropriate roles for civil and military actors in investigating and prosecuting terrorists and terrorism. Today, the United States continues to grapple with a range of dilemmas, from the proper forum for prosecution to the extent of the rights accused. Should accused terrorists be tried by a civilian jury or military commission? Should they be read their Miranda rights? Should their defense attorneys be permitted to review the evidence against their clients?

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The FBI arrested and charged eight men with attempting or conspiring to provide material support to Islamic State; Hezbollah operatives were arrested for planning attacks within U.S. borders; and the Justice Department brought the first foreigner to the U.S. to face terrorism charges since Trump became president. 

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