Hitting the Wall

A TIME probe shows why so many have been detained in search of just a few

Not long after Sept. 11, an FBI agent got a call from one of his usual targets, a guy in the Mafia he investigates regularly. The real-life Soprano joked that if the bureau needed help persuading a suspected terrorist to talk, the interrogation experts in the Mob would be happy to oblige.

The agent later recounted this story with a laugh. But now, seven weeks after the terrorist attacks, several key suspects in U.S. custody remain uncooperative even as investigators continue to warn that another deadly assault will come soon. Last week the Washington Post reported that some frustrated officials were...

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