WITH THE ELECTION FIVE weeks away, U.S. counterterrorism officials are obsessed with reports from multi- ple sources that terrorists hope to disrupt the campaign. "Nobody can give you date, time or place, but everyone is absolutely convinced we're going to get hit," says a top counterterrorism hand.

So the FBI is putting together an aggressive plan that includes rousting people suspected of supporting violent extremists. Federal lawmen may jail some who have committed minor crimes or immigration violations and question or tail others-- if only to let them know the government can find them. These proposals have provoked sharp debate in...

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