Tag: FBI director
James Comey was on a mission in 2004.
A deputy attorney general at the time, Comey rushed to the bedside of then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to notify him that the White House was trying to reauthorize a warrantless eavesdropping program, the Buffalo News reports.
Comey, who is now the director of the FBI, advised his boss not to sign anything.
“I’ve long been a big fan of the rule of law,” Comey said during a visit to Buffalo on Tuesday. “To me, the intelligence programs that are the most firmly rooted in all three branches of our government are the best.”
What’s he think of the controversial NSA program?
“Folks can disagree with the policy and reasonable people do disagree as to whether the federal government should have such a database,” he told reporters. “What can’t be said is that this is some type of rogue, lawless conduct. This was our government operating as it was designed.”
Posted: February 12th, 2014 under News Story.
Tags: DBI, eavesdropping, FBI director, james comey, John Ashcroft, NSA
President Barack Obama and FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce, center, applaud FBI Director James Comey, left, during his installation ceremony at the J. Edgar Hoover Building in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Obama officially welcomed James Comey to his new post as FBI director during a ceremony Monday at the J. Edgar Hoover Building.
The president applauded what he called Comey’s judgment and commitment, according to a White House blog.
“Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity: That’s your motto,” the President told the men and women of the FBI. “And today, we’re here to welcome a remarkable new leader for this remarkable institution, one who lives those principles out every single day: Mr. Jim Comey.”
Obama said Comey was the best choice to head the FBI.
“It’s just about impossible to find a matter of justice he has not tackled, and it’s hard to imagine somebody who is not more uniquely qualified to lead a bureau that covers all of it — traditional threats like violent and organized crime to the constantly changing threats like terrorism and cyber-security,” he said.
Posted: October 29th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: bravery, FBI, FBI director, fidelity, Integrity, Obama, President Obama
Speaking for the first time publicly about the budget challenges, new FBI Director James Comey said it will become increasingly difficult to fight crime because of the spending cuts, CBS Philly reports.
Congressional spending cuts may have catastrophic consequences for the FBI as it faces more pressure to fight violent crime and terrorism, Comey said during an International Chiefs of Police Conference.
“I’m required to cut 3,500 positions, to cut my operations to the bone, to do things like ration gas money and to stare at the prospect of sending my folks home for an extended period,” FBI Director James Comey said. He continued, “I don’t think folks understand the impact on the FBI, the other members of the justice family.”
Posted: October 22nd, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: congressional spending cuts, FBI director, james comey, terrorism, violent crime
Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis was “wondering around looking for people to shoot” and didn’t appear to have specific targets, new FBI Director James Comey said, NPR reports.
It was Comey’s first public comments since taking office this month.
Comey said Alexis used a legally purchased sawed-off shotgun. When he ran out of ammunition, he used a Beretta that he stole from a wounded guard, NPR reported.
The shooting ended a little more than a half hour after it started.
A “sustained exchange” of gunfire killed Alexis, Comey said.
Posted: September 20th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: Aaron Alexis, Beretta, FBI, FBI director, gun purchase, james comey, random targets, sawed-off shotgun, shooting, Washington Navy Yard
The FBI has acknowledged using surveillance drones on U.S. soil at least 10 times, Al Jazeera America reports.
The admission comes after Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., made inquiries after FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress in June that the bureau had used drones for “limited law enforcement purposes.”
According to the disclosure, the FBI used drones domestically eight times for criminal cases and twice for “national security cases,” Al Jazeera America wrote.
Paul had vowed to block the confirmation of a new FBI director until details of the drone use became available.
Posted: September 9th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: confirmation, Congress, FBI, FBI director, Rand Paul, Robert Mueller, surveillance drones, U.S.
Outgoing FBI Director Robert S Mueller III never imagined that his bureau would be consumed with the fight on terror.
After all, Mueller started his job as director a week before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
“I love prosecuting cases, and I love doing investigations, particularly homicide investigations and the like, and that’s why I became a prosecutor,” Mueller said in a rare interview with reporters at FBI headquarters, the Washington Post reports.“I did not expect to be spending my time preventing terrorist attacks,”
Twelve years later, Mueller is exiting a bureau that has been transformed to handle the global war on terror. Since the attacks, the FBI has invested heavily in intelligence programs and information technology, while opening 18 overseas posts.
“You have one metric, and that is preventing all attacks. . . . If there’s one attack, you are unsuccessful,” he said.
Posted: August 23rd, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: 9/11, FBI director, Robert Mueller, Robert S. Mueller III, September 11, terrorism, terrorist attacks
Rep. Keating/gov photo
With a new FBI director in place, at least one influential Congressman is pressing for more answers in the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Globe reports.
Rep. William Keating, D-Massachusetts, wants to know about blunders in the investigation, including the failure to properly follow up Russia’s warning about one of the bombers, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
“It has been three and a half months since the terror attack in Boston, and the FBI has yet to answer the pressing questions that would help law enforcement and legislators better prepare against threats in the future,” Keating wrote.
Keating, a former district attorney, dismissed FBI concerns that the disclosures would compromise the case against the alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“As a former District Attorney, I understand the sensitivities surrounding an ongoing investigation; however, none of the questions I have would compromise the integrity of the investigation into the bombings,” Keating said. “I’m not looking to place blame. What I am looking to do is identify our security shortcomings and change them. Without forthright information from the FBI, we are prevented from taking the critical steps needed to protect the American public.”
Posted: August 1st, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: Boston Marathon bombing, DA, FBI director, massachusetts, national security, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, william keating
Vincent Lisi, who has served in numerous jobs as an FBI agent since 1989, has been named the new leader of the agency’s Boston office, the Associated Press reports.
FBI Director Robert Mueller announced Wednesday that Lisi would replace Richard DesLauriers, who is retiring after more than 26 years with the FBI.
Most recently, Lisi served as deputy assistant director of the Counterintelligence Division in Washington D.C.
He also helped investigate the 2001 Anthrax attacks and served as a legal attache in Yemen.
DesLauriers headed the office during the deadly Boston Marathon bombings.
Posted: July 25th, 2013 under FBI, Milestone, News Story.
Tags: anthrax, Boston, Boston Marathon bombing, Counterintelligence Division, FBI, FBI director, massachusetts, Richard DesLauriers, Robert Mueller, Vincent Lisi