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  • Obama To Nominate Republican James Comey To Head FBI

    06/21/2013 8:36:38 AM PDT · by chessplayer · 18 replies
    President Barack Obama is expected to tap James Comey to succeed Robert Mueller as FBI director on Friday, Politico reported Thursday afternoon. Comey, 52, is a Republican who served as deputy U.S. attorney general in George W. Bush’s administration from 2003 to 2005.
  • FBI director admits domestic use of drones

    06/19/2013 8:09:22 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 89 replies
    Rusiia Today ^ | 6/19 | rt
    The FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance purposes, the head of the agency told Congress early Wednesday. Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles, but has not adopted any strict policies or guidelines yet to govern the use of the controversial aircraft. “Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on US soil?” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Mr. Mueller during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “Yes,” Mueller responded bluntly, adding that the FBI’s operation of drones is “very seldom.”...
  • Rep Gohmert Blasts FBI For Purging Tactics That Might Be Offensive To Radical Islamists

    06/16/2013 9:15:41 AM PDT · by yoe · 8 replies
    Saving The Republic ^ | June 14, 2013 | BMartin1776
    Video:Following his (grilling) of FBI Director Mueller, Rep Gohmert expanded on how training materials have been purged to appease CAIR and the warnings about the Boston bombers was ignored.Video...[snip] Mueller wasn’t even aware the Boston mosque the Tsarnaev brothers attended was (founded by Abdulrahman al-Amoudi!) “I don’t know no” or answering “no” to questions if they know seems to be the number one excuse used by all top ranking members of the 0bama regime. We are in a heap of trouble folks!
  • Gowdy Questions FBI Director Mueller about James Rosen and Benghazi

    06/14/2013 3:27:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 34 replies
    youtube ^ | 6/14/13
    Rep. Gowdy questions FBI Director Mueller about investigation of Fox News reporter James Rosen, and the progress of the Benghazi investigation.
  • FBI director faces grilling by House panel on Benghazi, data leaks (LIVE THREAD)

    06/13/2013 7:18:48 AM PDT · by don-o · 136 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2013
    Members of the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday will question outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller on investigations of the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, that killed four Americans, the Boston Marathon bombings, and recent leaks of classified government information. Mueller was to undergo questioning by the committee on these and other issues in what will be his final appearance before the panel. His last day on the job is Sept. 4. The Justice Department revealed last month that it had secretly gathered emails of Fox News correspondent James Rosen and phone records of The Associated Press in an effort to crack...
  • Obama's Snooping Excludes Mosques, Missed Boston Bombers

    06/13/2013 6:32:29 PM PDT · by lbryce · 28 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Posted 06/12/2013 06:34 PM ET | Staff
    Homeland Insecurity: The White House assures that tracking our every phone call and keystroke is to stop terrorists, and yet it won't snoop in mosques, where the terrorists are. That's right, the government's sweeping surveillance of our most private communications excludes the jihad factories where homegrown terrorists are radicalized. Since October 2011, mosques have been off-limits to FBI agents. No more surveillance or undercover string operations without high-level approval from a special oversight body at the Justice Department dubbed the Sensitive Operations Review Committee. Who makes up this body, and how do they decide requests? Nobody knows; the names of...
  • GOP’er Louie Gohmert And FBI’s Robert Mueller Explode Over Investigation Into Boston Bombers

    06/13/2013 11:57:55 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 6/13/13 | Noah Rothman
    A tense exchange erupted on Thursday between Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and FBI Director Robert Mueller on Thursday during a House Judiciary Committee hearing. Gohmert suggested that the FBI was negligent in its responsibilities prior to the April attack on the Boston Marathon because they neglected to investigate local Muslim institutions and leaders. Mueller and Gohmert traded barbs after the FBI director insisted that the GOP representative had his facts wrong. Gohmert insisted that a review committee report shows that the FBI never canvased the mosques around the Boston area
  • Rep. Jim Jordan DESTROYS FBI Director Mueller on IRS Targeting Scandal (Video)

    06/13/2013 11:47:10 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 25 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 13, 2013 | Jim Hoft
    Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) destroyed FBI Director Robert Mueller on the IRS targeting scandal and investigation today. FBI Director Mueller has no idea who’s running the program, how many people are assigned to the investigation, where the investigation stands, and if any Tea Party groups have been interviewed. He was clueless. This was another embarrassment for the Obama Administration. They’re obviously in no hurry to dig into this massive scandal. Via America Live http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Br_sGQICz8Y#!
  • An Accountable FBI: Robert Mueller should resign.

    05/30/2002 9:10:36 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 101 replies · 1,770+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | 05/31/2002 | editorial board
    <p>In the wake of September 11, the public can be forgiven for thinking that America's intelligence agencies are more Maxwell Smart than James Bond. The issue now is whether, and how, the CIA and FBI can regain public confidence and deter future attacks.</p>
  • Obama Briefed On Boston Explosions

    04/15/2013 3:23:44 PM PDT · by lacrew · 27 replies
    TPMLivewire ^ | April 15, 2013 | Igor Bobic
    President Barack Obama spoke on the phone with FBI Director Robert Mueller to receive an update on two explosions that occurred at the Boston marathon on Monday. Lisa Monaco, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, and Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, listen in.
  • Pope Francis calls for action on clerical sex abuse

    04/05/2013 6:04:37 PM PDT · by haffast · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 5 April 2013 Last updated at 11:20 ET | BBC
    Pope Francis has called for "decisive action" in the fight against sex abuse of minors by priests. He told Bishop Gerhard Mueller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith - the Vatican watchdog that deals with sex abuse cases - to ensure that perpetrators were punished. It was the Argentine Pope's first public statement on clerical sex abuse. A leading sex abuse survivors' group has responded with scepticism, saying "actions speak louder than words". The new Pope was elected last month, replacing Pope Benedict, who became the first pope in 600 years to resign. When first elected, Benedict...
  • The new authoritarians

    03/08/2012 10:05:53 AM PST · by Joe the Pimpernel · 1 replies
    World Magazine ^ | March 10, 2012 | Mindy Belz
    Through their U.S. front groups, Muslim radicals overtaking the Middle East have found support in the Obama administration The last time we saw one whole despotic region of the world come tumbling down we could name the heroes and the moments that propelled it: An electrician named Lech Walesa, jumping a wall at the Gdansk shipyard. Boris Yeltsin atop a tank in front of the Russian White House, defying the Communist old guard in 1991. Pastor Laszlo Tokes, refusing an eviction notice from his Romanian flat as crowds of demonstrators gathered. A playwright named Vaclav Havel before a joint session...
  • Guess Who Decides What FBI Agents Get To Learn About Islam?

    02/23/2012 11:17:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 2/23/12 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    While we’re on the subject of the Muslim Brotherhood, this February 16 report from Steve Emerson at the Investigative Project on Terrorism will be an eye-opener. As I mentioned in my column over the weekend, the FBI — following the administration’s lead — is purging its training materials of publications that are deemed offensive to Muslims (you know, crazy stuff like claims that passages in the Koran and Hadith promote violent jihad, Islamic supremacism, killing of apostates, oppression of women, etc.). So what are the criteria the Bureau uses to figure out what materials are offensive? And who decides? You’ll...
  • FBI Director Denies Cover-Up Involving 'Fast and Furious' Guns Found at Border Agent's Murder

    12/15/2011 1:00:37 PM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 14, 2011 | Mike Levine
    The head of the FBI is strongly denying claims his agency tried to cover up evidence related to "Operation Fast and Furious" and the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. "Let me start with adamantly rejecting the suggestion that the FBI would in any way cover up what happened in the tragic killing of Brian Terry," FBI Director Robert Mueller told a Senate panel Wednesday. "To the contrary, every available necessary resource has been put on that and similar investigations where we lose one of our own." It's the latest in a broader back-and-forth over tactics used by investigators...
  • Charlie Sheen's ex-wife arrested at Aspen nightclub

    12/03/2011 12:38:14 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 40 replies · 1+ views
    aspentimes.com ^ | 3 Dec 2011 | Chadwick Bowman
    ASPEN — Brooke Mueller, ex-wife of actor Charlie Sheen, was arrested shortly after midnight Saturday at an Aspen nightclub and charged with third-degree misdemeanor assault and felony possession of cocaine with intent to distribute. At approximately 11:32 p.m. Friday, Aspen Police Department officers were doing a routine walk-through at Belly Up Aspen when a woman reported that an assault had taken place. Police said the woman identified the culprit as Mueller, who was found shortly after midnight at the dance club Escobar. Mueller was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, a class-four felony, and third-degree...
  • Napolitano, FBI Give Non-Answers to Questions Surrounding Operation Fast and Furious

    09/13/2011 12:19:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    Despite ATF Special Agent William Newell admitting in sworn testimony that mutiple government agencies, including the FBI and DHS, were responsible for the development and implementation of Operation Fast and Furious, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitiano and FBI Director Robert Mueller denied knowing anything about the operation until Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed with guns from the program and avoided getting into details about their involvement by referring the case to the Inspector General in the Justice Department and citing an "on-going investigation" when asked by Arizona Senator John McCain recently on Capitol Hill. On top of Newell's...
  • Director Mueller, Say No to CAIR

    08/10/2010 7:54:25 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 4 replies
    National Review ^ | 8/10/2010 | Andrew McCarthy
    At this point, the question about CAIR should be: Why does anyone care? Care about anything CAIR officials say, that is. The notorious Council on American-Islamic Relations is back up to its old tricks. CAIR officials figure our ten-minute attention span has lapsed, and that we’ve probably forgotten by now that, in the 2007–08 prosecution of the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) — a case in which several Islamists were convicted in a scheme that poured millions of dollars into the coffers of the terrorist organization Hamas — CAIR was named as, and shown to be, an unindicted co-conspirator. CAIR reckons...
  • (FBI) Director Mueller Visits Pakistan

    02/24/2010 10:11:48 PM PST · by gandalftb · 2 replies · 170+ views
    US Embassy - Pakistan ^ | February 24, 2010 | staff
    Islamabad - FBI Director Mueller visited Pakistan today to attend a U. S.-Afghanistan-Pakistan tripartite session as well as meetings with Government of Pakistan officials at the Intelligence Bureau, the Federal Investigation Agency, and the Inter-Services Intelligence Headquarters.The Pakistani, Afghan and American principals agreed to timelines and deadlines for their cooperation on counter terrorism and major crimes.
  • Loose Lips

    02/05/2010 5:23:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,122+ views
    Investors.com ^ | February 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Holder's decision to Mirandize the Christmas bomber was bad enough. Telling the world he was talking again waseven worse Security: The administration says the Christmas bomber is now cooperating with authorities. We thought they got all the information he had in a 50-minute chat. So just why are we letting our enemies know he's talking? In any war, it's vitally important that you know what your enemy is planning and doing, just as it's important that your actions and plans remain secret. And when you know about your enemy's plans it's important they don't know that you know. We were...
  • No Miranda warnings needed: Sen Risch tutors DNI Blair and FBI Dir Mueller

    02/04/2010 1:06:14 PM PST · by Sergeant Tim · 19 replies · 761+ views
    911FamiliesForAmerica ^ | February 3, 2010 | Sen. Jim Risch
    Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) provided a tutorial on why Miranda warnings did not ever need to be provided to Flight 253 bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmuttalab. It took place on February 3, 2010, during testimony by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair and FBI Director Robert Mueller before the Senate Intelligence Committee (2 minute 54 second video here.) Attorney General Eric Holder decided on Christmas Day to direct that Abdulmuttalab be read his rights. By doing so, he prevented the immediate gathering of further intelligence because Abdulmuttalab elected to remain silent and speak to a lawyer before answering further. Not reading...
  • Mass Murderer Megrahi Moved - Britain capitulates to terrorism

    08/24/2009 5:54:00 AM PDT · by Christus_Rex · 163+ views
    Christus Rex Eternam blog ^ | August 24, 2009 | Christus Rex blogger
    Once again liberal Old Europe leads the way when it comes to how dealing with remorseless mass murderers - the compassionate way! Jihadists like Megrahi are set free while Christian preachers are censured for daring to speak out against the barbarism that all too often is expressed in 7th century modern Islam. Shame on you Scotland and England.
  • FBI Director Defends Use of Informants in Mosques

    06/08/2009 7:23:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 14 replies · 615+ views
    FoxNews ^ | June 08, 2009
    FBI Director Defends Use of Informants in Mosques June 08, 2009 LOS ANGELES — FBI Director Robert Mueller on Monday defended the agency's use of informants within U.S. mosques, despite complaints from Muslim organizations that worshippers and clerics are being targeted instead of possible terrorists. Mueller's comments came just days after a Michigan Muslim organization asked the Justice Department to investigate complaints that the FBI is asking the faithful to spy on Islamic leaders and worshippers. Similar alarm followed the disclosure earlier this year that the FBI planted a spy in Southern California mosques. "We don't investigate places, we investigate...
  • FBI targets fraud in TARP, stimulus fund

    06/02/2009 3:02:36 PM PDT · by ninonitti · 15 replies · 636+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jun 2, 2009 2:08pm EDT | By Grant McCool and Martha Graybow
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The FBI is working with other U.S. agencies to prevent wrongdoing related to government bailout money and the economic stimulus package, in what could be the "next wave" of financial fraud cases, Director Robert Mueller said on Tuesday. Mueller said in a speech to the Economic Club of New York that the FBI, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the inspector general of the Troubled .........
  • Statement Before the House Judiciary Committee

    05/20/2009 4:01:34 PM PDT · by Cindy · 127+ views
    Robert S. Mueller, III Director Federal Bureau of Investigation Statement Before the House Judiciary Committee May 20, 2009 I. Introduction Good morning Chairman Conyers, Ranking Member Smith, and Members of the Committee. I am pleased to be here today. As you know, we in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have undergone unprecedented transformation in recent years, from developing the intelligence capabilities necessary to address emerging terrorist and criminal threats, to creating the administrative and technological structure necessary to meet our new mission as a national security service. Today, the FBI is a stronger organization, combining greater intelligence capabilities with...
  • Congressional Testimony by Robert S. Mueller, III

    03/25/2009 3:37:15 PM PDT · by Cindy · 5 replies · 411+ views
    FBI.gov ^ | March 25, 2009 | n/a
    Note: The following text is a quote: http://www.fbi.gov/congress/congress09/mueller032509.htm Congressional Testimony Robert S. Mueller, III Director Federal Bureau of Investigation Statement Before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 25, 2009 Good morning Chairman Leahy, Senator Specter, and Members of the Committee. I am pleased to be here today. As you know, we in the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have undergone unprecedented transformation in recent years, from developing the intelligence capabilities necessary to address emerging terrorist and criminal threats, to creating the administrative and technological structure necessary to meet our new mission as a national security service. Today, the FBI is a...
  • Petition for FBI Director to Investigate Dohrn and Ayers for murder

    03/20/2009 1:03:21 PM PDT · by jdfromny · 11 replies · 649+ views
    America's Survival | unk | Cliff Kincaid
    Demand for Investigation A Petition To FBI Director Robert Mueller __________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Director Mueller, Bill Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, were leading members of the Communist Weather Underground terrorist organization, which bombed the Pentagon and the U.S. Capitol. A former FBI informant on the Weather Underground, Larry Grathwohl, has stepped forward to allege that Bernardine Dohrn was behind the murder of a San Francisco police officer. FBI informant Larry Grathwohl reported that he heard Bill Ayers himself state “Bernardine has to make all the plans, make the bomb, and then place it herself”. This bomb Ayers was talking about...
  • The oversight joke - Mueller stonewalls at anthrax hearing

    09/16/2008 2:31:52 PM PDT · by Prunetacos · 10 replies · 751+ views
    salon. ^ | Tuesday Sept. 16, 2008 | Glenn Greenwald
    FBI Director Robert Mueller is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee today, currently live-streamed on C-SPAN. An article this morning in The Washington Post dramatically touted the hearing as one in which, as the headline put it, "Lawmakers Are Seeking Answers in Anthrax Case -- FBI's Mueller to Be Queried by House Panel About Evidence Against Researcher." The article itself claimed that "the strength of the government's evidence against Bruce E. Ivins . . . will be tested anew today when FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III appears before the House Judiciary Committee" .....Mueller won't provide the Committee with even...
  • Mueller on anthrax,

    07/19/2008 3:41:59 PM PDT · by ZACKandPOOK · 10 replies · 232+ views
    ABCNews ^ | July 19, 2008
    I never give time frames, because you never know where you'll have sufficient evidence to go public with a prosecution, " Mueller said.
  • FBI Chief Unhappy With Supreme Court Ruling

    07/01/2008 10:54:32 AM PDT · by neverdem · 333 replies · 1,021+ views
    kwtx.com ^ | July 1, 2008 | NA
    The director of the FBI is not happy with the Supreme Court's recent handgun ruling. Robert Mueller says he tends to believe that "weapons harm people, and more often than not they harm the people carrying them." Mueller said the high court's decision, which threw out a handgun ban in Washington, D.C., "does throw a lot of things up in the air." Mueller said communities will now have to decide their own licensing programs. Mueller was speaking at a convention of the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators in Hartford, Connecticut. He says with his grandchildren going to college,...
  • (FBI Director) Mueller: Gun Ruling A Hazard For Colleges

    07/01/2008 6:03:09 PM PDT · by xjcsa · 71 replies · 192+ views
    WMUR ^ | July 1, 2008
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- The director of the FBI is not happy with the Supreme Court's recent handgun ruling. Robert Mueller said he tends to believe that "weapons harm people, and more often than not they harm the people carrying them." Mueller said the high court's decision, which threw out a handgun ban in Washington, D.C., "does throw a lot of things up in the air." Last week, the Supreme Court struck down the District of Columbia's 32-year-old ban on handguns by a 5-4 vote. It was the first major pronouncement on gun rights in history. Mueller said communities now will...
  • FBI chief: Are Americans becoming more crooked?

    04/18/2008 2:09:29 PM PDT · by kiriath_jearim · 43 replies · 330+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer/AP ^ | 4/17/08 | LARA JAKES JORDAN
    WASHINGTON -- The FBI is grappling with growing numbers of public corruption cases and a surge in mortgage fraud investigations, FBI Director Robert Mueller said Thursday, wondering aloud whether Americans are "becoming more crooked." In a speech to the American Bar Association, Mueller asked the assembled defense lawyers for help in "creating a culture of integrity" by reporting evidence of wrongdoing by politicians and corporate executives alike. "Anyone who follows the news these days and sees repeated references to corporate fraud and public corruption might think the nation is in the midst of a moral crisis," Mueller told the defense...
  • FBI chief blames Britain’s laws for the ‘dark hole’ in terror intelligence

    04/12/2008 8:47:35 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 124+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 13th April 13, 2008
    FBI chief blames Britain’s laws for the ‘dark hole’ in terror intelligence 13th April 2008 The war on terror is being hindered by restrictive British law which has created a "dark hole of intelligence", the director of the FBI has claimed. Robert Mueller, America's top counter-terrorist official, said in an exclusive interview that he sometimes felt "frustration" at MI5 and Scotland Yard's inability to obtain critical information from suspects. He blamed Britain's banning of plea-bargaining – which, in America, means suspects can receive much lighter sentences in return for revealing everything they know about other members of their cell and...
  • FBI Head Predicts Al-Qaeda Defeat

    04/07/2008 6:07:17 PM PDT · by blam · 18 replies · 82+ views
    BBC ^ | 4-7-2008 | Frank Gardner
    FBI head predicts al-Qaeda defeat By Frank Gardner Security correspondent, BBC News Robert Mueller outlined what he sees as a three-tiered threat from al-Qaeda The head of the FBI has said he believes the West can achieve victory over al-Qaeda within three-and-a-half years. Robert Mueller described how his organisation is working closely with British intelligence to confront ever-more-complex plots. Flanked by broad-shouldered security men with tell-tale bulges beneath their suits, the director of the FBI gave a rare public address in London. As head of one of 16 US intelligence agencies, Mr Mueller is at the forefront of preventing a...
  • Remarks by the FBI's Robert Mueller (role of "terrorist 007" in foiled terror plots)

    09/29/2007 10:15:03 AM PDT · by FocusNexus · 3 replies · 139+ views
    Council of Foreign Relations ^ | Sept. 28, 2007 | Robert Mueller, FBI Director
    Two weeks ago, not far from here, bells tolled at Ground Zero. We commemorated the sixth anniversary of the September 11th attacks. And we marked the passage of another year without a terrorist attack on American soil. It is important to pause and reflect on how we reached this milestone, so that we can better understand what we must do to reach another one. This task grows more complicated with every passing year. In the wake of the September 11th attacks, the focus of the nation was crystallized. Our objective was clear: We knew who, and where, our enemies were,...
  • FBI Director's Notes Contradict Gonzales's Version Of Ashcroft Visit

    08/16/2007 9:38:58 PM PDT · by Lancey Howard · 14 replies · 683+ views
    Washington Post via Drudge ^ | August 17, 2007 | Dan Eggen
    Then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft was "feeble," "barely articulate" and "stressed" moments after a hospital room confrontation in March 2004 with Alberto R. Gonzales, who wanted Ashcroft to approve a warrantless wiretapping program over Justice Department objections, according to notes from FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III that were released yesterday. One of Mueller's entries in five pages of a daily log pertaining to the dispute also indicated that Ashcroft's deputy was so concerned about undue pressure by Gonzales and other White House aides for the attorney general to back the wiretapping program that the deputy asked Mueller to bar...
  • FBI director contradicts Gonzales

    07/26/2007 1:02:25 PM PDT · by dogbyte12 · 66 replies · 2,401+ views
    AP ^ | 7-26-07 | LAURIE KELLMAN and LARA JAKES JORDAN
    BI Director Robert S. Mueller said Thursday the government's terrorist surveillance program was the topic of a 2004 hospital room dispute between top Bush administration officials, contradicting Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' sworn Senate testimony. Mueller was not in the hospital room at the time of the dramatic March 10, 2004, confrontation between then-Attorney General John Ashcroft and presidential advisers Andy Card and Gonzales, who was then serving as White House counsel. Mueller told the House Judiciary Committee he arrived shortly after they left, and spoke with the ailing Ashcroft. THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further...
  • Meltdown at Justice(Federal Bureau of Incompetence)

    03/12/2007 8:50:26 AM PDT · by kellynla · 17 replies · 1,058+ views
    Just when President Bush seemed to have beaten back the Congressional defeatists on Iraq, along comes his own Justice Department to undermine some hard-won antiterror policy gains. The incompetence at Justice is getting to be expensive for Presidential power. The latest episode involves the FBI's failure to adequately supervise the issuance of so-called "national security letters," or administrative subpoenas for counterterrorism cases that don't require a judge's approval. Congress authorized these letters in 1986 and their scope was expanded as part of the 2001 Patriot Act. An Inspector General's audit has found that some of these subpoenas were improperly issued,...
  • Gonzales, Mueller admit FBI broke law

    03/09/2007 6:27:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 41 replies · 1,435+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/9/07 | Lara Jakes Jordan - ap
    WASHINGTON - The nation's top two law enforcement officials acknowledged Friday the FBI broke the law to secretly pry out personal information about Americans. They apologized and vowed to prevent further illegal intrusions. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales left open the possibility of pursuing criminal charges against FBI agents or lawyers who improperly used the USA Patriot Act in pursuit of suspected terrorists and spies. The FBI's transgressions were spelled out in a damning 126-page audit by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine. He found that agents sometimes demanded personal data on people without official authorization, and in other cases...
  • CAPTORS RELEASE TEXAN (MUELLER), ONE OTHER

    11/30/2006 1:20:57 AM PST · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 1 replies · 523+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 30 November 2006 | James Pinkerton, Mariano Castillo and Sean Mattson
    HARLINGEN — Texas businessman David Mueller arrived home in Sweetwater late Wednesday bruised and battered but alive after kidnappers freed him and another man abducted during a hunting trip in Mexico, authorities said. The search continued for three men who were still missing after more than two dozen heavily armed men staged a commando-style raid Sunday night on a private hunting ranch across the border from Laredo. Mueller, the co-owner of Sweetwater Steel Co., was released in Monterrey, Mexico, then flown by private plane to Laredo, where he met with FBI agents before traveling home. "He has sustained some physical...
  • BREAKING: Largest U.S. Islamic Charity Raided by FBI!

    09/18/2006 11:35:20 AM PDT · by areafiftyone · 281 replies · 18,254+ views
    Debbie Schlussel ^ | 9/18/06 | Debbie Schlussel
    September 18, 2006 BREAKING: Largest U.S. Islamic Charity Raided by FBI Printer Friendly By Debbie Schlussel I've been writing about LIFE for Relief and Development for years, and I think my columns (especially this one), have finally made a difference. Ditto for my complaints about LIFE to Assistant U.S. Attorney for counterterrorism, Ken Chadwell. Less than half an hour ago, the FBI began raiding LIFE and hauling out documents. Well, it's about time. LIFE--the largest Islamic charity still open for business in America--openly admitted on its 1995-'97 taxes to be a major funder of HAMAS. Headquartered in the Orthodox Jewish...
  • We'll Quit If Bribe Inquiry Halted, Say US Law Chiefs

    05/28/2006 6:57:39 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 973+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5-29-2006 | Francis Harris
    We'll quit if bribe inquiry halted, say US law chiefs By Francis Harris in Washington (Filed: 29/05/2006) Three of America's top law officers, among them the head of the FBI, have threatened to step down over alleged attempts to halt an investigation into congressional corruption. Alberto Gonzales, the attorney general, Paul McNulty, his deputy, and Robert Mueller, the FBI director, informed President George W Bush through intermediaries last week that they would resign rather than let the inquiry be blocked. Their stand marked the latest twist in a saga which began when 15 FBI agents raided the offices of William...
  • Resignation threats resonate at White House

    05/27/2006 8:16:04 PM PDT · by LouAvul · 71 replies · 2,993+ views
    msnbc ^ | 5/27/06 | dan eggan
    The Justice Department signaled to the White House this week that the nation's top three law enforcement officials would resign or face firing rather than return documents seized from a Democratic congressman's office in a bribery investigation, according to administration sources familiar with the discussions. The possibility of resignations by Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales; his deputy, Paul J. McNulty; and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was communicated to the White House by several Justice officials in tense negotiations over the fate of the materials taken from Rep. William J. Jefferson's office, according to the sources, who spoke on...
  • Officials vowed to resign, not return papers

    05/27/2006 12:30:39 PM PDT · by Dubya · 60 replies · 1,707+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May. 27, 2006 | DAN EGGEN and PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON -- The Justice Department signaled to the White House this week that the nation's top three law enforcement officials would resign or face firing rather than return documents seized from a Democratic congressman's office in a bribery investigation, administration sources said. The possibility of resignations by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales; his deputy, Paul McNulty; and FBI Director Robert Mueller was communicated to the White House by several Justice officials in tense negotiations over the fate of the materials taken from Rep. William Jefferson's office, according to the sources. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the issue's...
  • Attorney General, FBI Director prepared to quit over Jefferson probe: NYT

    05/27/2006 10:36:26 AM PDT · by HHKrepublican_2 · 30 replies · 1,014+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and FBI director Robert S. Mueller III said this week that they were prepared to quit if the White House directed them to relinquish evidence seized in a disputed search of a House member's office, The New York Times reported on Saturday. Citing government officials, the Times reported that Gonzalez was joined in raising the possibility of resignation by the deputy attorney general, Paul McNulty, who told associates that they had an obligation to protect evidence in a criminal case and would not be willing to follow a White House order to...
  • A Defiant Stance In Jefferson Probe

    05/27/2006 7:58:53 AM PDT · by gcruse · 67 replies · 1,545+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | May 27, 2006
    The Justice Department signaled to the White House this week that the nation's top three law enforcement officials would resign or face firing rather than return documents seized from a Democratic congressman's office in a bribery investigation, according to administration sources familiar with the discussions.
  • Hizbullah, Illegal Immigration, and the Next 9/11

    04/28/2006 2:54:53 PM PDT · by Barbarian6 · 19 replies · 908+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | 28 Apr 2006 | LTC Joseph Myers
    By LTC Joseph Myers and Patrick Poole 28 April 2006: From the Article: "It is too early to predict how the current diplomatic crisis over Iran’s nuclear weapons program will play out, but Americans should assume that any potential military hostilities could result in Hezbollah striking American interests across the globe and here in the US Homeland. Possibly the Iranian ayatollahs may decide that preemptive Hezbollah suicide attacks against America might serve as a deterrent to U.S. military action against their nuclear facilities. A strategic wave of Hezbollah suicide bombings, and well coordinated military attacks in America could very well...
  • Mueller: FBI Probes Classified Data Leaks ["We do have investigations going," Mueller said..]

    04/24/2006 12:30:53 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 43 replies · 1,648+ views
    Mueller: FBI Probes Classified Data Leaks By TIM WHITMIRE, Associated Press Writer 12 minutes ago The FBI is conducting investigations similar to the one that resulted in last week's firing of a senior CIA analyst who acknowledged leaking classified information, director Robert Mueller said Monday. "We do have investigations going," Mueller said following a visit to the FBI's Charlotte office, which oversees the agency's operations in North Carolina. "Leaking of classified materials is a concern for those agencies that have classified materials." Mary McCarthy, who was nearing retirement at the CIA, has been identified as being fired after leaking information...
  • FBI Chief Cites Worldwide Intel

    01/26/2006 12:31:31 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 290+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/26/06 | Edith M. Lederer - ap
    DAVOS, Switzerland - FBI director Robert Mueller said Thursday the United States now acts on intelligence from any place in the world to fight terrorism but has not sacrificed individuals' rights to privacy in that effort. However, during an interview with The Associated Press, Mueller would not discuss renditions, the practice of covertly moving imprisoned terrorist suspects between countries outside normal legal processes. He also would not elaborate on the National Security Agency's listening without a warrant to telephone calls in the United States that Bush administration officials believe involve al-Qaida terrorists. Lawmakers from both parties have questioned whether it...
  • Vail arson suspects indicted in fed crackdown

    01/20/2006 9:29:26 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies · 1,430+ views
    Rocky Mountain News ^ | January 20, 2006
    The arrests could begin to close the book on one of Colorado’s enduring mysteries. At the time, the Vail firebombing was considered the costliest act of eco-terrorism in the country, causing $12 million in damage, destroying the Two Elk Lodge, a mountaintop restaurant, among other structures. "The indictment tells a story of four-and-a-half years of arson, vandalism, violence and destruction claimed to have been executed on behalf of the Animal Liberation Front or Earth Liberation Front, extremist movements known to support acts of domestic terrorism," Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said at a news conference today. Appearing with Gonzales, FBI Director...
  • US indicts 11 environmental, animal activists (AG Gonzales press conference transcript)

    01/20/2006 1:47:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies · 1,052+ views
    Reuters ^ | 1/20/06
    US indicts 11 environmental, animal activists Fri Jan 20, 2006 03:05 PM ET WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eleven environmental and animal rights activists have been indicted in a series of attacks in the U.S. West on targets that included the Vail Ski Resort in Colorado, the Justice Department said on Friday. The defendants, based in Portland, Oregon, and acting on behalf of the Animal Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front, were named in a 65-count indictment that included charges of arson and destruction of an energy facility, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said at a news conference. A Justice Department...