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Feds Committing Crimes Abroad May Soon Face Prosecution in U.S.

A new bill would let the government prosecute federal employees and contractors for crimes committed abroad.

Named, the Civilian Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (CEJA), the policy would ensure government employees and contractors stationed outside of the country are not “immune” from prosecution for their crimes, said Rep. David Price, D-N.C., the bill’s author.

As it stands, the Department of Justice is only able to prosecute crimes committed abroad by employees and contractors of the Defense Department.

Under CEJA, this authority would be expanded to all federal agencies, in addition to requiring DOJ to create new task forces to “investigate, arrest and prosecute contractors and employees who commit serious crimes overseas,” says the statement released by Price.

Price also called out the dualistic treatment of oversees employees as compared to those in the states when he said they are held to a different standard than uniformed personnel “because the laws governing their activities remain unclear and outdated.”

“Contractors employed by our government must not be allowed to operate in an opaque, legal no-man’s land when they commit serious crimes abroad,” Price said. “The actions of our country’s employees must be subject to the rule of law.”

This policy would also obligate the attorney general to give annual reports on the criminal activity DOJ prosecuted under its increased authority, in addition to the resources used to do so. 

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Tags: DOJ, federal prosecutors, DOD , crimes abroad

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