Thursday, November 02, 2006

US Marshals

Nearly 11,000 sex offenders, cop-killers, gang members, drug dealers and assorted other fugitives were rounded up in a 24 state operation involving 3,000 law enforcement personnel.

In all, Gonzales said officials caught 10,773 fugitives -- including 1,659 sex offenders, 364 gang members and thousands of others sought on kidnapping, robbery, burglary, carjacking and weapons charges. More than 230 weapons were seized.

Those totals represent a fraction of doors knocked on, liquor store drive-bys, construction site surveillances and tips chased down by agents during the weeklong sweep. Finding the fugitives -- even at their homes in the early-morning hours _ proved to be a hit-or-miss mission for the federal, state and local authorities. ...

"We grabbed one guy out of the shower," said Joe Ciccarelli, supervisor of the U.S. Marshals fugitive task force in New York's northern district. "We found people hiding in between insulation, rolled up in rugs, inside of cabinets, inside of closets that a person shouldn't be able to fit in, but they end up fitting in and we have had to call the fire department to get them out."

It probably won't be long until somebody describes this as a dry run for Karl Rove's plan to arrest all opponents of the Bush Administration and probably by the same people who want the US Army redeployed to protect us "within our borders". Of course it was possible not to have rounded them up. But I guess there's no free lunch.


Blogger enscout said...

Good news. Nice to see lawmen doing their job.

The ACLU must be going crazy.

"Normally, the Marshals regional task forces round up about 1,000 fugitives each week, officials said. An estimated 1 million fugitives are on the loose nationwide."

They have some catching up to do.

11/02/2006 07:26:00 PM  
Blogger Tarnsman said...

Long overdue

11/02/2006 07:35:00 PM  
Blogger anonymous said...

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11/02/2006 08:12:00 PM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

Great. The country sorely needs a good clean-up.

11/02/2006 08:52:00 PM  
Blogger krishna_kirti said...

How come terrorists weren't mentioned?

11/02/2006 10:07:00 PM  
Blogger Maetenloch said...

It's probably about time to do another tv award trick on the fugitives. Every few years police forces will send fake notices to the last known addresses of fugitives that they've won a big screen TV and they need to come down and sign some paperwork to pick it up. They always seem to bag a few hundred this way. The best part is that they have the fugitives make an appointment so the police don't get swamped with too many arrests at once.

11/02/2006 11:54:00 PM  
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11/03/2006 01:51:00 AM  
Blogger What is "Occupation" said...

sounds like a wonderful usage of law...

let's just do that again.....

11/03/2006 04:42:00 AM  
Blogger RWE said...

Well, good for the cops!

But I always wonder about these things. Why do it all at once? Why not grab them when you find them instead of waiting for an operation the size of D-Day?

After all, these guys are not, for the most part, going to call each other and say "Cheese it Bugsey! The Feds are crackin' down!"

Except perhaps for specific gangs, as far as I can can tell catching crooks is not like conducting an airstrike.

11/03/2006 05:30:00 AM  
Blogger Shaun Mullen said...

How many were Republican politicians?

11/03/2006 05:42:00 AM  
Blogger 3Case said...

Gonna make it hard for them boyts to vote next Tuesday.

11/03/2006 07:05:00 AM  
Blogger nonomous said...

While I'm sure everyone gets a warm fuzzy feeling when contemplating the thought of evil 'sex offenders', and 'gang members' landing in jail, I don't share the feeling.

First, the 'headline' criminals ('sex offenders' and 'gang members') only make up 20% of the total. Who were the rest? The article mentions "kidnapping, robbery, burglary, carjacking and weapons charges", but I'd guess this list made up less than 10% of the total. The bulk were probably people with drug convictions ignoring their parole requirements (which are easy to violate).

Of the largest mentioned group, 'sex offenders', what risk to they pose? Almost all these folks were probably arrested on parole violations. The parole regulations are extremely restrictive. You might as well have a branded 'A' on your forehead. It is almost impossible to get a job or find a place to live, unless your family takes you in. And who are these evil creatures? The largest group are men convicted for teenage trists with girl-friends 3 years younger than themselves.

Except for China and Russia, the US incarcerates a larger percentage of its population than any other developed nation. Gloating about thousands of additional people being sent to our 'crime universities' seems unwarranted. Get involved with your local 'child protective services' and you discover management of 'criminals' (however the media wants to define them) is a growth industry.

I favor capital punishment for convicted 1st degree murderers. When the crime merits it, extreme punishment is necessary. Still, there is nothing to gloat about. Getting happy about simple arrest numbers, like kill numbers, is a slippery slope.

11/03/2006 07:22:00 AM  
Blogger Buddy Larsen said...

But, Mullen, why would the bushfascist gov't raid its own brownshirts?

11/03/2006 12:05:00 PM  
Blogger M. Simon said...

Ever notice how elections seem to drive these sweeps?

There is always a big drug bust and and/or a round up of prostitutes to make headlines.

In other words round up the usual suspects.

Color me not impressed.

11/05/2006 02:48:00 AM  
Blogger John Dunshee said...

Notice how conveniently timed this is. It is an obvious attempt by the chimp and his cronies to disenfranchise Democrat voters.

How are they supposed to go vote if they have to worry about being swept up on a parole violation or fail to register as a sex offender?

Bushitler will stop at nothing

11/05/2006 11:48:00 PM  
Blogger nonomous said...

Another point: Almost all US prisons have evangelical Islamofascist cells. The average US prisoner has failed to earn a high school diploma. They are perfect candidates for the Islamofascist cause.

There is something paradoxical about the popular notion that 'high prison populations reduce crime' and the reality of what prisoners learn while 'doing time'. Guantanamo is a good example of Islamofascism turning prison roles topsy-turvy

11/15/2006 06:43:00 AM  

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