FBI faces deep cuts in programs to fight crime


By Paul Shukovsky and Daniel Lathrop
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer

WASHINGTON, D.C. The Bush administration's 2008 budget cuts deeply into the FBI's crucial criminal program, further crippling the bureau's ability to tackle white-collar fraud, police abuse, civil rights violations and many other crimes, a Seattle P-I analysis has found.

A larger budget battle is brewing between the White House and Congress, leading lawmakers to challenge the cuts to the FBI, which could take effect as soon as Monday, the start of the federal fiscal year.

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