- The Washington Times - Monday, February 4, 2008

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT — $22.7 billion

Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey yesterday announced a Justice Department fiscal 2009 budget of $22.7 billion, which includes a 6 percent increase for law enforcement and prosecution programs.

Since the September 11 attacks, the department has significantly strengthened its efforts to enhance national security and protect the homeland.

Key priorities in the proposed budget include $492.7 million to protect the United States against terrorist attacks, $100 million to combat crime on the Southwest border and $67.1 million for federal detention and incarceration programs.

The budget proposes $7.1 billion for the FBI, including $447.4 million to improve intelligence, counterterrorism programs and surveillance capabilities, bolster weapons of mass destruction response and protect the security of the nations cyber systems.

Mr. Mukasey said the new budget also proposes:

  • $43.9 million for law enforcement wireless communications.
  • $7 million for two new teams to assist the Drug Enforcement Administration in Central and South America and in the Caribbean.
  • $8.9 million to for a new Bell 412 twin-engine helicopter to support drug interdiction operations.
  • $5.1 million to support the prosecution of drug trafficking and money laundering organizations that import, manufacture or distribute drugs across the U.S.-Mexico border.
  • $200 million to help communities with high rates of violent crime by forming and developing multi-jurisdictional law enforcement partnerships between local, state, tribal and federal law enforcement agencies.
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