THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
|For Immediate Release
||May 17, 2000
Highlights of President Clintons
Counterterrorism Funding Request
May 17, 2000
President Clinton announced a plan today to invest an additional $300
million in critical programs to strengthen the Nations counterterrorism
The funding would enhance the Federal governments work to deter
and detect terrorist activity, applying lessons learned from the
counterterrorism effort undertaken during Millennium celebration events. The
request proposes $89 million for the Department of Justice and $87 million for
the Department of the Treasury to fund extra personnel, new equipment, and
additional joint operations and infrastructure improvements. An additional $159
million is proposed for other agencies to support these efforts.
Highlights of the initiative include:
- Increasing the number of Joint Terrorism Task Forces located
throughout the United States. The Task Forces were established to integrate the
resources and expertise of the law enforcement authorities of the Federal
Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Immigration and Naturalization Service
(INS), the U.S. Customs Service, ATF, Secret Service and state and local law
- Improving monitoring on the northern border with secure
communications equipment and advanced monitoring equipment, including high
resolution day and night camera technology.
- Expanding INS forensic capabilities at the government's
federal crime lab dedicated to the forensic examination of potentially
fraudulent travel documents.
- Supporting the establishment of a new interagency National
Terrorist Asset Tracking Center to analyze the financing of terrorist
organizations and expand the Office of Foreign Asset Control at the Department
of the Treasury.
- Increasing the number of Department of Justice prosecutors and
legal staff to support the prosecution of terrorists.
- Increasing the Department of the Treasurys
Counterterrorism Fund that was established to cover costs associated with
efforts to counter, investigate or prosecute domestic or international
Todays request builds on activities already being undertaken. In
FY 2000, reprogramming funds the majority of the package. A fully offset FY
2001 budget amendment will be submitted to Congress.
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