Homeland Security: The Roundup: Why Hide The Numbers?

This much could be expected after Sept. 11 when the Federal Government began holding in secret more than 1,000 people: the American Civil Liberties Union and at least one Democratic politician from New England would raise hell. But what was perhaps not as predictable is that protest would come from a conservative stalwart like Utah Senator Orrin Hatch. Earlier this month he joined Senate Judiciary chairman Patrick Leahy of Vermont in writing a letter to Attorney General John Ashcroft to express concern over the covert roundup of mostly immigrants suspected of being connected to the terrorist attacks. Since then, Leahy has...

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