The National Security Section was created in March of 2013 to carry out the Department of Justice’s highest priority: to protect the United States from threats to our national security by pursuing justice through application of criminal law. Although the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida had long handled important national security cases, the formation of a separate section dedicated to this mission ensured that some of the most experienced prosecutors in the Office make it their singular focus. The National Security Section handles counterterrorism, counterintelligence, and counterproliferation matters originating in the Southern District of Florida and overseas, and coordinates with domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies and the United States intelligence community. In addition to working with substantive criminal statutes, prosecutors in the Section also have expertise in national security wiretaps under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and the management of classified information under the Classified Information Procedures Act. The National Security Section works closely with other sections in the Office, including the International Narcotics and Money Laundering Section, and handles classified litigation in non-national security cases.
Updated August 9, 2017