From the Editor's Desk Governments and anti-terrorism officials can take a leaf out of the Al Capone arrest playbook to disrupt terrorist attacks. By 1931, Al Capone had become the US's first celebrity criminal. His activities were notorious, including murder, bribery and running illegal breweries. But the government would have trouble convicting Capone of his most heinous offences in a criminal court for various reasons, including the code of omerta (silence) embedded in mob culture. Instead, prosecutors charged Capone with tax evasion, prompting the incredulous mobster to say, "The government can't collect legal taxes from illegal money." Capone was wrong, and tax evasion charges proved to be his downfall. Though one effect of this strategy was often shorter criminal sentences than might otherwise be obtained, the architects of this policing model believed the trade-off was acceptable. As one analyst put it, even shorter sentences "may nonetheless be efficient in disrupting logistical networks and planning". With all the data India has on terrorists, a counter-intuitive strategy might be to go after them with smaller charges and get them behind bars (in India, Pakistan or elsewhere), even if for shorter durations, where they are less effective in plotting attacks. Perceived as less damaging, we might even get Pakistan to co-operate with us on this - Comment
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