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LETTERS

DOJ countenances catch and release for terrorists

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Ann Bechiom

Friday, May 10, 2019

It seems President Trump’s Department of Justice has a “catch and release” program now for domestic terrorists. Coast Guard Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson, who had our Speaker of the House and a number of Democratic lawmakers and journalists on a kill list, was caught and released from jail by the Justice Department.

So what message does that send to our domestic terrorists? And how safe are our lawmakers under Trump’s Department of Justice?

It certainly needs study and looking at, doesn’t it?

Ann Bechiom

Elizabeth City

Editor’s note: The U.S. Justice Department did not release Hasson. Since this letter’s submission, The Washington Post has reported that federal prosecutors with the Justice Department in fact appealed a U.S. Magistrate judge’s ruling that Hasson should be released on strict bail conditions while awaiting trial. The appeal essentially blocks the judge’s order until a U.S. District Court judge hears the case next week. The magistrate judge had agreed with Hasson’s public defender that he should be released because the government had not charged him with any terrorism-related counts, only drug and weapon offenses. 

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