The FBI's Resources

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

The FBI's Resources

In the post-9/11 world, you'd think the FBI would have its hands full. But apparently not. According to USA Today, the Bureau has decided to devote greater resources to this:
The FBI is cracking down on phony war heroes, who often buy medals on the Internet and wear them at public events.

This year, federal agents have launched a dozen investigations against people allegedly masquerading as decorated veterans. At that pace, the FBI would open about twice as many cases as it did last year.
Now, don't get me wrong. People who try to pass themselves off as war heroes are scumbuckets. Understandably, this kind of thing raises the public's ire. But is this where the FBI should be launching more investigations and devoting more resources?

Moreover, these investigations frequently don't even result in convictions. As the article states, these "cases are sometimes difficult to prosecute because the phony heroes have to be caught wearing the medal."

Speaking for myself, I'd prefer for the FBI to focus more on domestic security and terrorism prevention.

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