Nearly 11,000 sex offenders, cop-killers, gang members, drug dealers and assorted other fugitives were rounded up in a 24 state operation involving 3,000 law enforcement personnel.
In all, Gonzales said officials caught 10,773 fugitives -- including 1,659 sex offenders, 364 gang members and thousands of others sought on kidnapping, robbery, burglary, carjacking and weapons charges. More than 230 weapons were seized.
Those totals represent a fraction of doors knocked on, liquor store drive-bys, construction site surveillances and tips chased down by agents during the weeklong sweep. Finding the fugitives -- even at their homes in the early-morning hours _ proved to be a hit-or-miss mission for the federal, state and local authorities. ...
"We grabbed one guy out of the shower," said Joe Ciccarelli, supervisor of the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force in New York's northern district. "We found people hiding in between insulation, rolled up in rugs, inside of cabinets, inside of closets that a person shouldn't be able to fit in, but they end up fitting in and we have had to call the fire department to get them out."
It probably won't be long until somebody describes this as a dry run for Karl Rove's plan to arrest all opponents of the Bush Administration and probably by the same people who want the US Army redeployed to protect us "within our borders". Of course it was possible not to have rounded them up. But I guess there's no free lunch.