FDLE wants added power to combat terrorism


The Florida Department of Law Enforcement plans to ask legislators next year for new laws “to criminalize certain terrorism-related activities at the state level.”

They include statutes banning “active membership in a foreign terrorist organization” and “creat(ing) penalties for agroterrorism.”

A summary of the agency’s 2017 “legislative proposal” was included in agenda material for Tuesday’s meeting of Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet.

The department said it wants more “tools to hopefully prevent future terrorist activities.”

Acknowledging they borrowed concepts from federal law enforcement, officials said “it is imperative that our law enforcement officials have similar authorities to investigate and prosecute criminal matters concerning domestic security.”

Possible new state laws include:

— The “prohibit(ion of) the use of military-style training received from foreign terrorist organizations.”

— “Prohibit(ing) certain forms of material support to terrorist actors and organizations.”

— “Prohibit(ing) active membership in a foreign terrorist organization.”

— “Creating … penalties for agroterrorism,” usually defined as the “use of a biological agent against crops or livestock.”

Details were unavailable Monday; an FDLE spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected].

One comment

  • William J Jacobs

    September 20, 2016 at 11:46 am

    how about including domestic terrorism that include GANGS you know those groups that terrorize and destroy our towns and cities! terrorists dont have to be from another country to destroy what we have ,they are in all the cities killing people with there guns and poisoning people with drugs! why are governments both feds and state not adrdessing this issue they cant be that blind that they cant see it ! it seem that if it aint a bomb it cant be terrorist or it has to have something to do with a foriegn country ! we are being destroyed from with in and governments just seem to be content with letting it happen ! what a sorry state we are in !

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