Human Rights Watch has examined about 500 U.S. trials related to terrorism and came to a “shocking” conclusion.
- 18% of those cases are “tenuous” “material support” charges (e.g. “providing military gear to al-Qaida” actually mans having “waterproof socks” in your luggage)
- another 30% are “sting” operations, where government agents play a significant role in inciting, planning, supplying, preparing for execution and finally arresting
So this means that at least 50% of cases where they were “confident” enough to even go to trial fall flat on their faces when taking a closer look. :/