FBI Since 2001: Many More Antiterror Agents, Fewer Criminal


The Federal Bureau of Investigation has significantly reallocated its personnel over the last eight years to put more agents to work on national priorities, including counterterrorism, counterintelligence, cyber crime, and civil rights, says a report from the Justice Department's Inspector General quoted by MainJustice.com. The FBI used fewer agents than it allocated to address its relatively low priority efforts to deal with gangs and criminal enterprises, white collar crime, and violent crime.

The report shows a dramatic shift of resources between fiscal 2001 and 2009. The percentage of agents working on counterterrorism efforts doubled from 13 percent to 26 percent while the percentage focused on criminal matters dropped from 72 percent to 51 percent. The number of active cases the FBI had open between fiscal 2005 and 2009 dropped in the areas of violent crime, counterterrorism, counterintelligence and white collar crime, while it increased the number of active cyber crime, public corruption, civil rights, and criminal enterprise cases.

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