Oct. 4, 2007(Key vote)
Title: Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act (MEJA) Expansion and Enforcement Act of 2007
Vote Smart's Synopsis:
Vote to pass a bill that subjects certain U.S. contractors to criminal investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
- Adds contractors of any department or agency of the United States working in or near an area where U.S. forces are executing a contingency operation to the list of persons who may be held criminally liable by the United States for certain crimes outside of U.S. borders (Sec. 2 [a]).
- Requires the Department of Justice to submit a report to Congress detailing the number of allegations received, the number of investigations opened, the number of criminal cases opened, and the number and results of cases that are closed (Sec. 2 [b]).
- Requires the FBI to establish Theater Investigative Units to examine possible incidents of criminal wrongdoing and provide the results of their examinations to the Attorney General for possible further action (Sec. 3).
- Requires the Director of the FBI to annually submit a report to Congress detailing the number of reports received concerning possible criminal wrongdoings or fatalities attributed to U.S. contractors, the number of cases referred to the Attorney General, and any recommended changes to the law that the FBI Director deems necessary to fulfill these duties of the office (Sec. 3 [e]).
NOTE: THIS IS A SUBSTITUTE BILL, MEANING THE LANGUAGE OF THE ORIGINAL BILL HAS BEEN REPLACED. THE DEGREE TO WHICH THE SUBSTITUTE BILL TEXT DIFFERS FROM THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE TEXT CAN VARY GREATLY.