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Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Justice Dept Report: Federal Prisons Fail to Monitor for Terrorism

From The Justice Department issued a damning account of the federal prison system's failure to monitor potentially criminal communications of convicted terrorists and other inmates at some of the nation's most secure government facilities.

In a 100-page report released Tuesday, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine found that the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) fails to adequately monitor prisoners' mail, telephone calls, visitor communications and cell-block conversations that could be part of criminal enterprises.

The bureau also lacks the staffing and expertise to translate communications conducted in foreign languages or to assess possible threats, the report found.

"The BOP incarcerates international terrorists inmates who require sophisticated monitoring and analyses of their communications and activities," the report concluded. "The BOP's monitoring procedures, intelligence analysis and foreign language capabilities have not evolved to that level."

Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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