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U.S. Attorney General: system has proven strength to fight terrorism

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WASHINGTON (WKOW) -- The U.S. Attorney General says he is confident in the criminal justice system which he says has proven its strength in the fight against terrorism.

In remarks prepared for Congress, the Attorney General Eric Holder defends the use of civilian criminal courts to help persuade terrorist suspects to provide useful information as in the current case of defendant Faisal Shahzad for the attempted Times Square bombing.

Holder says that guilty pleas have yielded long prison sentences and gained valuable intelligence for use against al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

The attorney general's remarks were in preparation for his appearance at an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.

Meanwhile, New York lawmakers are learning the Department of Homeland Security will be giving New York City $111 million for Mass Transit security and $34 million for Port Security funding.

Last year's funding levels were higher -- $153 million and $45 million, respectively.

New York lawmakers call the funding cuts "unconscionable and dangerous" just two weeks after the attempted Times Square bombing.

White House officials say New York City actually received more funding when taking into account stimulus funding.

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