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DOJ budget emphasizes counter-terror

The Justice Department announced a proposed budget Monday of $23.3 billion for fiscal 2004, up slightly from 2003. The FBI and other federal law enforcement programs are slated for a 6.3 percent increase in spending. The new proposed FBI budget is just over $4.75 billion, up from about $4.3 billion this year. Budget increases for all counter-terrorism programs are just under $600 million. In a prepared statement, Attorney General John Ashcroft said the increases reflect the department’s priority. “Following the attacks of Sept. 11,” Ashcroft said, “the Department of Justice mobilized the resources of our law enforcement and justice system to meet a single, overarching goal: to prevent future terrorist attacks on the United States and its citizens.” Full Story

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