Constitution guides counterterrorism efforts


I am writing to clarify what may be a slight misimpression resulting from the headline of an article reporting my remarks at a recent Hinckley Institute Forum (“Counterterrorism leader: Constitution prevents crackdown on terror,” Feb. 28).

In my remarks, I intended to convey the impression that federal prosecutors are bound by the Constitution and that we would have it no other way. In applying the criminal justice system to prevent terrorism, we must operate within the confines of our legal tradition, a system we take an oath to uphold.

It was an honor to be asked to appear before the several student audiences during my trip to Salt Lake City. The U is a remarkable institution, and its community should be proud that it has such a commitment to public affairs.

Jeff Breinholt?Deputy Chief ?Counterterrorism Section?U.S. Department of Justice