Justice Probes 350 Hate-Crime Cases; Post-Terror Victims Are of Mideast, South Asian origin.(NATION)
Byline: ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Justice Department has investigated 350 reports of crimes against people of Middle Eastern or South Asian origin since the September 11 terror attacks, an assistant attorney general said Tuesday.
Prosecutors believe most of the crimes - including reputed threats, assaults, bombing plots and acts of vandalism - were in retaliation for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. State and local authorities have begun prosecuting about 70 crimes, the Justice Department said. Federal charges have been brought in 10 cases.
Among the crimes prosecuted was a reputed plot to blow up Rep. Darrell Issa's district office. Mr. Issa, California Republican, is of Arab descent.
In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Assistant Attorney General Ralph Boyd said several federal attorneys have been tasked with reviewing all new charges of hate crimes and monitoring ongoing investigations.
"The incidents have consisted of telephone, Internet, mail and face-to-face threats, minor assaults, as well as assaults with dangerous weapons," Mr. Boyd said.
Mr. Boyd also said the incidents included vandalism and plots to bomb homes, businesses and places of worship. …