The World: Masters of Disruption

West German terrorists have a powerful ally: their country's legal system. The laws of the Federal Republic, many enacted when Hitler was a fresh memory, strongly guarantee the right of political dissent and put heavy restraints on the investigative and prosecutory powers of the state. A cadre of 70 or so clever young radical lawyers (out of 31,000 practicing attorneys in West Germany) have pushed the system to its libertarian limits. They are not only the terrorists' best friends, but also the worst enemies of the courts.

Most of these radical attorneys attended...

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