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National Review Online
May 23, 2014

How to Fix the FBI: It Shouldn’t Be an Intelligence Agency
By Michael German

Though the FBI has added thousands more agents and analysts since 9/11, its criminal prosecutions have dropped significantly, according to Justice Department data provided to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. The financial crisis provides a case in point. In 2004, the head of the FBI’s white-collar crime program warned about a mortgage-fraud epidemic, but resources for these investigations continued to be cut in favor of counterterrorism. Then by 2009, the Director of National Intelligence called the global economic crisis the “primary near-term security concern of the United States.” Intelligence should be designed to focus government’s resources on protecting the nation from the next threat, not the last one.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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