May 12, 1998


"International crime requires an international response. America is prepared to act alone when it must, but no nation can control crime by itself anymore. We must create a global community of crime-fighters, dedicated to protecting the innocent and bringing to justice the offenders."

- President Bill Clinton
May 12, 1998

Today, President Clinton announced America's first-ever International Crime Control Strategy (ICCS), and his intent to send to Congress the International Crime Control Act, which implements key elements of the strategy. Later this week, the President will discuss his strategy with other world leaders at the Summit of the Eight in Birmingham, England.

The First-Ever International Crime Control Strategy. International crime costs Americans billions of dollars each year. As our globe shrinks, with more porous borders, more affordable travel, and more powerful communications, international criminals are increasingly victimizing Americans at home and abroad. These crimes involve drugs, stolen vehicles, even human beings. They hack into computer networks to steal bank funds and engage in credit card fraud. They trade in counterfeit money and goods and try to steal our most sensitive technology. The ICCS addresses these problems with an eight point plan:

The International Crime Control Act Of 1998. To implement his strategy, the President is sending to Congress the International Crime Control Act of 1998. The legislation, which expands on a bill introduced last year, closes gaps in current federal law and creates penalties for new forms of international criminal activity.

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