agencies are commonly believed to protect consumers from the
abuses and unethical practices of businesses. Almost
all sanctions against corporations are issued by regulatory
agencies, and many take it for granted that these sanctions
prevent corporate wrongdoing." -- Myths
That Cause Crime
Israeli "art student" mystery For almost two years, hundreds
of young Israelis falsely claiming to be art students haunted
federal offices -- in particular, the DEA. In January 2001,
the security branch of the US Drug Enforcement Agency began
to receive a number of peculiar reports from DEA field offices
across the country. According to the reports, young Israelis
claiming to be art students and offering artwork for sale had
been attempting to penetrate DEA offices for over a year. The
Israelis attempted to penetrate the offices of other law enforcement
and Department of Defense agencies. Strangest of all, the "students" had
visited the homes of numerous DEA officers and other senior
federal officials. As a pattern slowly emerged, the DEA appeared
to have been targeted in what it called an "organized intelligence
gathering activity." But to what end, and for whom, no one
Code of Emergency Federal Regulations (CEFR) is issued
by the Office of the Federal Register, General Services Administration,
to provide continuity in the publication of Federal statutes
and regulations during a condition of enemy attack or threatened
The Federal Consumer
Information Center FCIC -- Was established in February 2000
as the result of a merger of the Consumer Information Center CIC
and the Federal Information Center FIC. FCIC serves as a source
for answers to questions about consumer problems and government
Watch is dedicated to reforming legal and judicial systems
by exposing and fighting government corruption.
Stanley K. Sheinbaum's
was the first person to go public with his experience of CIA
activity in the US about the Agency's infiltration of a legitimate
civilian institution. Sheinbaum so embarrassed senior officials
of the CIA that they set intended to prevent anyone else from
ever doing what he had done.
The Central Intelligence Agency created in 1947 with the signing
of the National Security Act by President Truman. The National
Security Act charged the Director of Central Intelligence with
coordinating the nations intelligence activities which affect
national security. The CIA is an independent agency, responsible
to the President and accountable through the intelligence oversight
committees of Congress. CIA Supports the President, the National
Security Council, and all officials who make and execute the
US National security policy.
Security Agency -- The Nation's cryptologic organization.
It coordinates, directs, and performs highly specialized activities
to protect US Information systems and produce foreign intelligence
Information A high technology organization, NSA is on the frontiers
of communications and data processing. It is also one of the
most important centers of foreign language analysis and research
within the Government.
Created in 1865 as a
tiny Treasury Department agency to root out counterfeit-currency
rings, the Secret
Service was given the mission of protecting presidents more
than 35 years later. For over 137 years, the Secret Service has
presented an image of bravery, excellence, and patriotism. Today,
the Secret Service's protective mission extends to all retired
presidents, the vice president, visiting heads of state, foreign
missions, and a host of executive branch offices and residences.
But a U.S. News investigation shows that, at a time when the
stakes for the Secret Service are higher than ever, the agency
is rife with problems and resistant to oversight and correction.
President Bush has proposed moving the Secret Service into a
new cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security.
States Marshals Service -- Protects the Federal courts
and ensure the effective operation of the judicial system.
Since 1789, America's Oldest Federal Law Enforcement Agency
US Marshals and their Deputies have answered the call to service
of the American people. Today, the Marshals Service is responsible
for providing protection for the federal judiciary, transporting
federal prisoners, protecting endangered federal witnesses
and managing assets seized from criminal enterprises. Marshals
pursue and arrest 55 percent of all federal fugitives, more
than all other federal agencies combined. .
of National Drug Control Policy -- The White House Office
of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), a component of the
Executive Office of the President, was established by the Anti-Drug
Abuse Act of 1988. The principal purpose is to establish policies,
priorities, and objectives to reduce illicit drug use, manufacturing,
and trafficking, drug-related crime and violence, and drug-related
health consequences charged with producing the National Drug
Control Strategy. The Strategy directs the Nation's anti-drug
efforts and establishes a program, a budget, and guidelines
for cooperation among Federal, State, and local entities.
United States Customs Service -- The primary enforcement
agency protecting the Nations borders. It is the only border
agency with an extensive air, land, and marine interdiction
force and with an investigative component Support ed by its
own intelligence branch. Customs aircraft and facilities conduct
surveillance, and detect and interdict suspected smugglers
day and night, over water and all types of terrain.
form allows you to send a complaint to the US
Postal Inspection Service if you are a victim of mail fraud.
Although the Inspection Service cannot resolve routine business
disputes between companies and their customers, it can act
against a company or individual if there is a pattern of activity
suggesting a potential scheme to defraud. Completion of this
form is voluntary, but the more information that you enter,
the better the Inspection Service may be able to help. To send
your complaint via postal mail click
Theft -- Postal Inspectors investigate cases of identity
theft because much of the criminal activity takes place through
the mail. Mail may be stolen to obtain the information needed
to apply for checks credit cards or to complete fraudulent
applications for new cards. Financial institutions mail checks
or credit cards that may be stolen by crooks, who can use anonymous
addresses at commercial mail receiving agencies (CMRAs; also
called "mail drops") to collect the proceeds of their crimes.
of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms -- The Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is a law enforcement agency within
the US Department of the Treasury. Its unique responsibilities
include protecting the public, reducing violent crime, and
collecting revenue. ATF enforces the Federal laws and regulations
relating to alcohol, tobacco products, firearms, explosives,
and arson. For the last 5 years, the Treasury IG has awarded
ATF the highest rating possible for a strong financial internal
control structure and a solid record of complying with laws
Enforcement Division's - The Division of Enforcement investigates
possible violations of securities laws, recommends Commission
action when appropriate, either in a federal court or before
an administrative law judge, and negotiates settlements.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent
United States government agency, directly responsible to Congress.
The FCC was established by the Communications Act of 1934 and
is charged with regulating interstate and international communications
by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable. The FCC's jurisdiction
covers the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and US possessions.
crime -- During the past 20 years there have been resolutions
passed by the ICPO-Interpol General Assembly, which have called
on member countries to concentrate their investigative resources
in identifying, tracing and seizing the assets of criminal
Coast Guard - Located within the Department of Transportation,
the Coast Guard is unique instrument of national security.
Comprised of active duty, Reserve, civilian, and Auxiliary
members, the Coast Guard's five operating goals: Safety, Protection
of Natural Resources, Mobility, Maritime Security, and National
Defense, define the focus of our service's missions and enable
us to touch everyone in the United States.
Government Purchasing Project (GPP) -- Dedicated to protecting
the environment and human health through the effective use
of purchasing power in addition to traditional advocacy. GPP
works to encourage the government to use its immense purchasing
power to promote safe, cost-effective, energy-efficient, and
the watchdogs -- The 16th Judicial District Child Support
Enforcement Unit is supposed to track those not keeping up
with their payments. It was under investigation by the FBI.
The state took after revelations that the unit had overbilled
the state for reimbursement of expenses and misrepresented
how it paid legal expenses.