Newsday and Associated Press -- Number of FBI intelligence Officers Surges
August 28, 2000

In its last budget submission to Congress, the FBI announced that from now on investigating internal security, terrorism and major white collar crime matters that threatened the nation's economy would be the agency's primary concern. As has always been its way, the FBI provided little concrete information about what this this new policy meant to the American people. Information drawn from three data sources outside the FBI, however, offered some revealing if indirect insights. Data from the Office of Personnel Management showed that the number of FBI intelligence officers nearly quintupled during the Clinton Administration. Data from the Attorney General show that warrants for national security surveillance of spies and terrorists were at an all time high. And data from the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys indicated that in 1998 only 45 of the FBI's 2,730 convictions involved internal security and terrorism. Newsday's Tom Brune and AP's Michael J. Sniffen, picking up on the new edition of TRAC.


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