From: Otis Willie
Subject: Domestic Crime and the F.B.I., by ERNIE ALLEN
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 16:22:42 EDT
Date: Sat, 22 Jun 2002 20:22:42 GMT
Domestic Crime and the F.B.I., by ERNIE ALLEN
(EXCERPT) WASHINGTON The F.B.I. is being intensely criticized for
intelligence failures before Sept. 11. But the F.B.I. that I have
worked with in recent years, as the leader of an organization
concerned with kidnapped children, deserves only praise. Our national
leaders are focusing, as they must, on the F.B.I.'s role in rooting
out terrorist threats. But they also must not lose sight of the
bureau's important work in fighting domestic crimes that are beyond
the scope of local police.
Right now, the highly publicized search for 14-year-old Elizabeth
Smart, abducted June 5 in Salt Lake City, is giving the nation a clear
picture of the horrific nature of some of the "traditional crime" that
is to be de-emphasized in F.B.I. reorganization. Would Americans want
to see any erosion in the F.B.I.'s commitment to kidnapping cases?
Currently there are about 40 F.B.I. agents now working closely with
state and local law enforcement in Utah and using their specialized
resources to search for Elizabeth and her abductor. Others are working
in Milwaukee on the case of 7-year-old Alexis Patterson, who
disappeared May 3 after being dropped off at school.
The United States has nearly 18,000 police departments. They rely on
the F.B.I. for help with some crimes that don't fit easily within
their jurisdictions — drug cases involving far-flung criminal
networks, white-collar crimes that span state lines, kidnappings.
When 6-year-old Adam Walsh was abducted in Florida in 1981, the F.B.I.
did not get involved. At that time, absent a ransom note or clear
evidence of interstate trans...
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