Over 1100 wanted sex offenders are part of the 9000+ arrests in a nationwide sweep for wanted felons announced today by AG Gonzales and USMS Director
Clark. The sweep for felony fugitives, dubbed "Operation Falcon II" was conducted from April 17-23.
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and John F. Clark, director of the United States Marshals Service, detailed the results of Operation Falcon II, a
seven-day nationwide fugitive roundup, during a press conference in Washington. Among those arrested during Operation Falcon II were 1,102 violent
Others arrested were fugitive gang members and violent offenders wanted for homicide, kidnapping, robbery, burglary, carjacking, weapons offenses and
narcotics sales. In total, 9,037 individuals were arrested, who Gonzales said were "the worst of the worst fugitive felons in the country."
"This is an important step in ensuring a culture where the law is respected, where the judicial process is observed, sentences are meaningful, and
hard time is served," Gonzales continued.
The operation was conducted from April 17 through April 23.
"In this country, it's suspected there are literally thousands of people wanted for some sort of sex crime. That's a startling number," Clark said,
adding that it is a top priority of the Justice Department to protect children from such offenders.
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It is good to see that our federal government is hard at work protecting US citizens from violent criminals such as these. Especially the violent
pedophiles. Good riddance.
My only concern is that sweeps such as these could be conducted against decent, law-abiding citizens exercising their constitutional right to freedom
of speech and assembly in the event of a crackdown on the increasing political unrest and dissatisfaction with the current federal government over the
War in Iraq, the Showdown with Iran, immigration policy, government corruption, and the rising cost of living, especially gasoline and energy
Large scale sweeps like these certainly send a strong message. Let's hope they aren't practicing for something else more sinister.