Justice Department Enforcement of the Neutrality Statutes in the South Florida Area.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC GENERAL GOVERNMENT DIV
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The Nations neutrality statutes govern the involvement of persons within the United States in activities conducted in concert with foreign governments or against foreign governments. GOA focused on Justices enforcement of these statutes against the paramilitary training camps in the south Florida area which were allegedly used to train persons for hostile actions against foreign countries. GAO reviewed Justices efforts to enforce the neutrality statutes form 1981 to 1983 and found that Justice had -- completed eight neutrality-related cases -- declined to prosecute two neutrality-related cases and -- closed 20 investigations of alleged neutrality violations without U.S. attorney involvement. Of these efforts, four of the completed cases, the two declined cases, and two of the closed investigations involved activities in the south Florida area. However, only one of the closed investigations related specifically to the paramilitary training camps.
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