FBI criminal cases drop by half due to anti-terror focus

Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2005 01:10 pm
The number of criminal investigations conducted by the FBI has almost been cut in half since 2000, due to the fact that the bureau made fighting terrorism its top priority after September 11, according to a new audit by the US Department of Justice.

According to Inspector General Glenn Fine, the most declines were found in drug investigations, organized crime, bank robberies, civil rights, health care fraud, corporate fraud, and public corruption. Gang activity was the only area where criminal investigations increased.
The audit indicates that in 2000, the FBI opened 62,782 criminal investigations, compared to 34,451 in 2004, a drop of 45 percent. State and local law enforcement officials have said that they try to fill in the "investigatory gaps," but have had difficulty taking over complex financial fraud cases.

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AP-article: FBI Criminal Cases Down by Nearly Half
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Reply Mon 3 Oct, 2005 01:46 pm
Well, there you have it Walter, this must mean that crime has dropped by half (although terrorism has increased) As I've been telling our mayor and city council we must cut our police department in half so that we can see the drematic decrease in crime in our city. This is the kind of thinking that must prevail in the 21st century. Just think what we could accomplish with crimes such as theft and murder be takin off the books. Fewer police and prosecuting attorneys would be eating up our hard earned tax dollars.
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