Gonzales Goes to Baghdad
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is in Baghdad.
The Justice Department said that Gonzales arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for his third trip to Iraq to meet with department officials who have been there to help fashion the country's legal system.
Just what does the Department of Justice do in Baghdad? Here's the DOJ's 2006 press release outlining its role:
The Department of Justice's law enforcement components provide special investigative training and assistance to Iraqi law enforcement, including the following:
- The Major Crimes Task Force (MCTF) routinely investigates high-profile cases involving assassinations of government officials, prisoner-detainee abuses and civil rights violations, and other instances of violent crime in Baghdad and other regions of the country. The MCTF is composed of special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) who provide managerial supervision for, and technical assistance to, highly trained Iraqi investigators.
- In addition to its oversight of the MCTF, the FBI's Legal Attach' in Iraq provides law enforcement liaison and international assistance of various types. The FBI also has a counterterrorism unit in Iraq and deploys rotating teams of specialists to provide counterterrorism training to the Iraqi police.
- The ATF provides specialized investigative support and explosives-related training to the Iraqi police.
- The USMS provides court and witness security services for Iraqi judges and works to establish security programs for courts in Baghdad and throughout the country.
- The DEA has delivered courses in intelligence and intelligence analysis to the Iraqi police.
Then there's the Regime Crimes Liaison Office (RCLO)
The Department of Justice organized and now supports the RCLO, which was designated by the President as the lead U.S. government agency for support to the Iraqi High Tribunal (IHT). The IHT has jurisdiction to investigate charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and violations of certain Iraqi laws, and has investigations underway against Saddam Hussein and other former Iraqi officials.
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