Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Copper Thieves

"Citing the rise in copper thefts around the nation, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee announced plans Saturday to introduce legislation that would create a federal task force to combat these crimes. 'It is time to take this issue to a national level,' Jackson Lee, D-Houston, said at a town hall meeting at the Houston Heights Library, where representatives from the FBI, the Houston Police Department and CenterPoint Energy spoke", Houston Chronicle, 7 September 2008.

This is absurd. There are too many federal crimes already. Who is pushing this? Wall Street? The more FBI agents investigate copper thefts, the fewer will be able to investigate other crimes, like securities fraud. How many million dollars a year is lost in these thefts? The FBI should have declined the invitation to appear at this meeting.

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