Tag: Robert Mueller
The FBI has been using drones domestically since 2006, longer than previously known, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The findings come from the inspector general’s audit of drones, which found that the FBI flew unmanned planes weighing less than 55 pounds to track suspects and examine crime scenes.
The FBI declined to comment on the findings.
In June, outgoing FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III revealed to Congress that the FBI had a drone program.
Posted: September 27th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: audit, drones, FBI, Inspector General, privacy, Robert Mueller, surveillance
As part of an effort to get a broad view of Robert S. Mueller III’s tenure as FBI director, I’ve asked people to write and tell me what they think. On Monday I published some comments. Later in the day, I received this from Tom McClenaghan, a retired FBI agent. — Allan Lengel
Robert Mueller/file fbi photo
By Tom McClenaghan
I retired four years ago after 25 years in the FBI. Had the pleasure of being SAC in two field offices and was able to see first hand Director Mueller’s impact on the Bureau.
While I didn’t always agree with some of his decisions I never doubted his dedication to this organization. I wonder if some of his Bureau critics have forgotten how perilously close the FBI was to being broken up into two agencies along the lines of MI5 and Scotland Yard .
At the time, Great Britain was finally realizing the dysfunctional nature of having its domestic intelligence and national law enforcement agencies separated and were making attempts to combine their efforts following the FBI model. Despite this, members of Congress were very close to breaking up the FBI into a likewise organizational mess. I don’t believe anyone other than Mueller could have convinced the Bureau critics in Congress to leave the FBI in its current form.
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Posted: September 10th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: FBI, field office, Robert Mueller, sac, tom mclenaghan
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.
By Allan Lengel
Wednesday marked the start of a new era for the FBI.
After 12 years at the helm, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was replaced by James B Comey.
As noted on the FBI website, Attorney General Eric Holder administered the oath of office at 4:32 p.m., making Comey the seventh director.
“I know Jim brings an impeccable sense of judgment, a commitment to innovative methods and tools, and a lifetime of experience to this new role—which is critical to the protection of our nation and its citizens,” said Attorney General Holder. “As a seasoned prosecutor, a proven leader, and a faithful advocate for the American people—and for the rule of law—I am confident that Jim Comey will continue to uphold the standards of excellence and integrity that the FBI’s outgoing Director, Bob Mueller, helped to establish.”
Posted: September 4th, 2013 under FBI, Milestone, News Story.
Tags: director, FBI, james comey, Robert Mueller
Since taking the helm at the FBI just a week before the Sept. 11, 2011, terrorist attacks, Robert Mueller has managed to avoid the limelight.
But now that he’s retiring after 12 years with the bureau, the FBI director is opening up about his service.
Most recently, NPR reports, the decorated former Marine spoke out about changes in the FBI following the attacks.
“I had been a prosecutor before, so I anticipated spending time on public corruption cases and narcotics cases and bank robberies and the like, and Sept. 11 changed all of that,” he said, NPR wrote.
But Mueller didn’t waste his time.
“He directed and implemented what is arguably the most significant change in the FBI’s 105-year history,” said John Pistole, Mueller’s former deputy and right-hand man.
Posted: August 26th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: 9/11, bank robberies, criticism, FBI, former marine, narcotics cases, public corruption cases, Robert Mueller
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
A little-known FBI crime lab near Washington played a critical role in convicting two men who helped target American soldiers in Iraq with improvised exploding devices, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Waad Ramadan Alwan and Mohanad Shareef Hammad pleaded guilty to smuggling Stinger surface-to-air missiles and money to terrorists in Iraq from the one place you wouldn’t expect to find jihadists – Bowling Green, Ky.
Lab technicians at the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center in Quantico, Va. found evidence linking Alwan to the use of an IED in Iraq, the LA Times reported.
The lab has processed more than 80,000 IED submissions.
But FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III fears the lab may be hit by budget cuts.
Posted: August 19th, 2013 under FBI, News Story.
Tags: Bowling Green, budget cuts, crime lab, FBI, IED, improvised exploding devices, Kentucky, Mohand Shareef Hammad, Quantico, Robert Mueller, terrorist explosive device analytical center, Waad Ramadan Alwan, Washington
By JOSH GERSTEIN
Robert Mueller/file fbi photo
WASHINGTON — FBI Director Bob Mueller was saluted by top Justice Department officials and other colleagues Thursday as he prepares to give up the leadership of the premier federal law enforcement agency — an organization he took over just a week before the Sept. 11 attacks.
“This is a moment we’ve all really been dreading for quite some time: the day we have to try to do our jobs without Bob Mueller,” Attorney General Eric Holder told a crowd of several hundred gathered in the Great Hall at the Justice Department headquarters. “He has, in short, set the standard for what it means to be the director of the FBI.”
The send-off event turned out a who’s who of the U.S. national security apparatus, including former Central Intelligence Agency Director George Tenet and current Director John Brennan.
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Posted: August 1st, 2013 under FBI, Milestone, News Story.
Tags: Eric Holder, FBI, Justice Department, Robert Mueller