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Fang-Face writes "This doesn't relate directly to the USA PATRIOT Act except that this is the kind of conduct in which the people who will use it engage. I became aware of this story just this afternoon when I got a newsletter digest in my inbox with the story at CBC. So I did a key word search. Here are a few links along with blurbs from the articles they lead to.
The lawsuit includes an e-mail from another prosecutor that Convertino says "identified some of the gross mismanagement which was negatively impacting the ability of the United States to obtain convictions in a major terrorist case."
A federal prosecutor in a major terrorism case in Detroit has taken the rare step of suing Attorney General John Ashcroft, alleging the Justice Department interfered with the case, compromised a confidential informant and exaggerated results in the war on terrorism.
Eight months after Attorney General John Ashcroft hailed the government's partial victory in a trial against an accused terror cell based in Detroit, the convictions of a former Minneapolis man and two others are in doubt amid growing turmoil within the offices of the federal prosecutor and the FBI here.
I reiterate: I would not buy used car from that person."