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Kennedy on FBI Release of 2006 Hate Crime Statistics

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KENNEDY ON FBI RELEASE OF 2006 HATE CRIME STATISTICS

Today, Senator Edward M. Kennedy released the following statement in response to the 2006 hate crimes statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

"The upward trend in the number of hate crimes may be the tip of the iceberg since many state and local jurisdictions don't participate in the data collection. We obviously need to strengthen the existing federal hate crimes law. A provision to do just that was included in the Senate version of the Defense Authorization, and hopefully the FBI report will persuade the House to accept it. It's essential to send a strong message here at home and around the world that our country will not tolerate crimes fueled by hate."

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