FBI Creates Task Force on Art Theft

New FBI task force on art theft hopes to learn about global trade from professionals in art, museum worlds


Archaeological sites in poor or unstable countries - including Iraq and Afghanistan - are the most vulnerable. Experts have reported massive looting in Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein, whose regime threatened looters of antiquities with the death penalty.

"With some of new anti-terrorism laws, I expected this huge increase in announcements about intercepting smuggled archaeological material," Erickson said. "And it doesn't seem to be happening."