Friday, December 08, 2006
Understatement of the Day
Public corruption is the top criminal priority for the FBI.... If we do not investigate these cases, they perhaps will not be investigated. —FBI Director Robert Mueller as reported by Dan Eggan in "FBI Focus Yields Spike in Corruption Cases"
This must be contrasted with the idiotic comment of Sen. Dianne Feinstein—
The FBI's shift toward public-corruption cases has come at the same time that it has dramatically decreased its role in investigating violent gangs and crime. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Mueller that the FBI needs to focus more resources on violent crime amid evidence that national crime rates are on the rise.
Most violent crimes are matters for state and local law enforcement. Only the FBI has the independence (at least at the state and local level) to investigate public corruption.