I have a feature story in the new issue of Mother Jones exploring the U.S.'s "material support" laws", which have become the U.S.'s most frequently used anti-terrorism laws. They have also served as the basis for many of the government's most questionable terrorism cases, for instance that weird purported plot by the "Seas of David" to blow up the Sears Tower.
Basically, these laws (there are two) are far more expansive than most people realize. And I argue that one of the reasons these questionable cases keep getting prosecuted is that the material support provisions give prosecutors a shot at conviction even when the evidence adds up to quite little. In any case, if you're interested here's the piece.
P.S. I've been on a couple of radio programs plugging the article. You'll eventually be able to hear the first show here (about one hour and 20 minutes in). I was also on Air America last night but can't seem to find that online, which, ahem, is just as well.
From a recent Dallas Morning News chat with chief White House flack Dan Barltett:
Which blogs are most important for you to watch?
The ones I think have the most influence on the Washington press
[are] Mickey Kaus, Slate's summary of the papers, [which] every morning
sets the tone, and Andrew Sullivan. For conservatives, Powerline,
Instapundit, National Review Online's blog and others have a lot of
influence. ABC's political unit has The Note, which has a lot of
influence. Wonkette.com causes enough stirs that she forces me to check
it every day.