FBI, ICE Disputes Hinder Antiterror Cases: Inspectors General


U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents ignored or dropped leads and entire cases involving terrorist activities because of disputes with the FBI, says an inspector generals’ study reported by the Associated Press. In 10 cases that began at ICE and were taken over by the FBI, inspectors general of the Homeland Security and Justice departments found that seven suffered from lack of cooperation until they were taken over by FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces.

The report cited delays and refusals by the FBI involving investigative actions that needed court approval, which led ICE agents to avoid leads and cases that would have required FBI involvement. “It seems obvious that the findings of this report justify concerns about a lack of trust between our two largest federal law enforcement agencies,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), who requested the report.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-08-14-fbi-immigration_N.htm

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