May 18, 2009 12:48 PM

Commentary: Liberty City case sets low standard for preemptive arrest

For FBI, U.S. prosecutors and others looking for convictions in the trial of six Miami men accused of plotting terrorism, the third time was, if not a charm, at least sufficient. Five of the six men charged in an al Qaeda terror plot were convicted last week in the sting operation. Though satisfying for the law-enforcement agencies and the federal government, which trumpeted the arrests as an example of stopping terrorists before they strike, the case raises concern about the fairness of the trial and sets a low standard for preemptive arrests.

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