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Myth: "Regulatory 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

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The 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 knew.

Government agencies, professional associations and resources for information and assistance.

The 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 attack.


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 services.

Judicial 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.

CIA -- 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.

National 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.

Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) is a network, a means of bringing people and information together to fight the complex problem of money laundering.

US Military Commissions: A Quick Guide to Available Resources

United 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. .

Drug Enforcement Administration -- Enforces controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States.

Office 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.

The 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.

The 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 here.

US Postal Inspection Service -- Consumer Tips

Identity 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.

Bureau 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 and regulations.

SEC 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.

FCC -- 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.

Financial 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 enterprises.

US 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.

Law Enforcement Agency Unsolved Crime Registries -- Missing Persons Most Wanted - Unsolved Crimes - Sexual Predators Registries

National Institute on Drug Abuse -- Phone: (888) 644-6432 Infofax: (888) NIH-NIDA

The 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 environmentally-sound products.

Watching 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.

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