Andrew C. McCarthy, a contributing editor at National Review and a senior fellow at National Review Institute, was a top federal prosecutor involved in some of the most significant cases in recent history. A former chief assistant U.S. attorney, he is best known for leading the prosecution against the Blind Sheik (Omar Abdel Rahman) and eleven other jihadists for waging a terrorist war against the U.S., including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing and a plot to bomb New York City landmarks. After the 9/11 attacks, he supervised the U.S. attorneys command-post near Ground Zero and later served as an advisor to the deputy secretary of defense. Decorated with the Justice Departments highest honors, he retired from government in 2003. McCarthy is a frequent media commentator on legal affairs and national security and is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Willful Blindness (2008) and The Grand Jihad (2010).
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Representative Sensenbrenner does not appear to have read the law he wrote.