2003-10-17 / Community

Weiner: Investigate Gaza Terrorism

Weiner: Investigate Gaza Terrorism

Representative Anthony Weiner has called on Secretary of State Colin Powell to authorize an FBI investigation of the bomb blast in Gaza that killed three Americans recently. Weiner, a Member of the House Judiciary Committee, offered an amendment to the Justice Department Authorization Bill, which would put the Department of Justice in charge of investigations into the deaths of Americans at the hands of foreign terrorists. 

"Palestinian terrorists who target Americans should face the full force of American justice," said Rep. Weiner.  "Tracking down these killers is a job for the Department of Justice, not the diplomats at State, and FBI investigators should be on the ground in Gaza in the next 24 hours. Once captured, those responsible should be immediately extradited to the United States to be prosecuted in American courts."

Under current law, the State Department is responsible for working with foreign governments to investigate terrorism that takes American lives.  But critics say that State's diplomatic role and cozy relationships with foreign leaders makes it ill-suited for the hard nosed investigating needed to track down foreign terrorists.

Weiner Powell to authorize the use of FBI investigators in Gaza. Weiner's amendment would move responsibility for working with foreign governments in terror investigations involving the deaths of Americans permanently to the Department of Justice. It would also establish a Rewards of Justice program at DOJ, which would disseminate information about suspected terrorists and offer rewards for their capture.   The amendment has been approved by the House Judiciary Committee and is expected to be approved by the full House of Representatives in the coming weeks.

The three Americans killed were bodyguards of officials at the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv. 

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