With commies no longer hiding under every bed, the FBI is promising a "peace dividend."
Eighteen agents, who previously were involved in counter-intelligence, will be assigned to aid 36 already engaged in fighting violent crimes in the Baltimore region. "We can step in and assist local police departments with our investigative resources," says Bobby R. Gillham, special agent in charge of the FBI's regional office for Maryland and Delaware. "We plan to help take the streets back."
The FBI has chosen Baltimore -- along with Washington, Atlanta and Dallas -- as a pilot city where federal agents will work with local authorities to fight gang problems. "Our message to gang members is this: When we throw the federal book at you, it will be a knockout blow. There will be no bail, no probation, no parole. You will spend a long time in the federal penitentiary," promises U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr.