Making it a crime to conspire with another person or persons to commit a crime gives the government too much power. Law enforcement should only be concerned with crimes committed or attempted. People should not go to prison for thinking about or planning a crime. The conspiracy crime legislation came into existence in the late 1960s to take down the Mafia. Used in combination with electronic surveillance and the witness protection program, it played a major role in diminishing the power and influence of organized crime. The overuse of conspiracy laws has created a powerful federal prosecutorial bureaucracy frequently used by politicians in power against their political enemies. These laws invite governmental abuse of power and should be abolished.