Government Shutdown: Law Enforcement Exceptions
Posted on Sun Sep 22, 2013 at 08:45:00 AM EST
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I don't believe there will be a government shut-down on October 1. I think the Republicans will cave before then and a continuing resolution will be passed.
But, if there was, what would it mean for the federal courts and law enforcement? Would the DEA have to shut down wiretaps and put pending investigations on hold? Would it mean a suspension of DEA and FBI busts? Would DOJ be unable to prosecute cases? Would the NSA have to suspend its electronic surveillance programs?
According to the 2011 DOJ contingency plan, the answer to all of those questions is "No." All services essential for national security and public safety—including law enforcement are safe. The DEA, NSA, FBI, ATF, US Marshals and Bureau of Prisons will be open for business as usual. [More...]
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