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FBI Dir. Mueller’s Old D.C. Barber Shop Shuts; His Picture Hung on the Wall

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller/fbi stock photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — A slice of history in Washington that included FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is gone.

The Friendship Barbershop at Wisconsin Avenue NW and Newark Street, where Mueller got his haircuts  — shut down Feb. 26 to make room for a redevelopment project, according to WTOP radio.

Not to fret though. WTOP reports that the owner of the shop, Luigi Sacripanti  is moving his operation to a friend’s salon on Cathedral Avenue NW  in the District.

Mueller, who retires from the FBI in September,  enjoyed some celebrity status at the old shop, WTOP reported. His framed photo hung on the wall,  and  Sacripanti, would shut down the shop while some dozen of Mueller’s staff stood around and watched.

FBI Director Mueller Says Cyber-Crimes Making it Easier to Steal Intelligence and Cash

FBI Dir. Mueller testifies Thursday

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III emphasized Thursday that the cyberworld has dramatically changed the landscape when it comes to theft of intelligence and money.

“You have probes and capabilities of intruding into networks..that previously you had to recruit somebody inside to obtain, which makes it much easier for those who are trying to steal our secrets, to steal our secrets, ” Mueller testified before the House Select Intelligence Committee.

And he said there’s the problem of “robbing banks of millions of dollars over night by intruding and upping the limits on say, ATMs.”

He testified that sometimes it’s difficult to tell initially who is behind some cybercrimes.

“At the outset you do not know whether it may be a state actor, a group of individuals operating at the behest of a state actor or a high school kid across the street.”

Mueller appeared on the Hill along with some other notables including Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter and CIA Director Leon Panetta.

The juicy stuff was supposed to come later during a closed-door session.

Mueller Also Testifies that FBI Scrutinizing Iraqis Who Settled in U.S. and May Have Ties to al Qaeda (AP)

Seinfeld and Chris Rock: Here Comes FBI Director Mueller


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Comedians like Chris Rock and Jerry Seinfeld don’t really have to worry about being dethroned as funny guys — at least if the competition is the straight-laced and often stoic FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

Still, from time to time,  the director slips a little humor into his speeches. On Friday, in a speech before the Citizens Crime Commission of New York, Mueller said;

“Today, we communicate by texting, tweeting, and Skyping. We take pictures without film, we read books without pages, and every six-year-old has a smart phone. We share the sundry details of our lives on Facebook. Well, most of us do. For some reason, no one wants to be “friended” by the Director of the FBI.

“YouTube made its debut just five years ago. Today, 35 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Most of them feature someone by the name of Justin Bieber. At my age, I have to wonder, who the heck is this kid, and why can’t he get a haircut?”

Column: FBI Dir. Mueller’s Presence in Arizona Sends a Strong Message

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s a good thing that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III hopped a plane to Arizona to deal with the aftermath of a mass shooting that killed a federal judge and seriously wounded a member of Congress.

Sure, Mueller could have stayed back in Washington and gotten briefed regularly and made statement back here. But President Obama sent him out there, and it sends a strong message to the American people– even if just symbolic — that this country won’t tolerate such violence, particularly when it strikes at the heart of our government and our system.

Sure, Arizona has FBI agents on the ground and a special agent in charge, Nathan Thomas Gray. But it can’t hurt to have the big guy there.

Chances are, the gunman acted alone. But FBI and other law enforcement have to make sure. The FBI says its working on that.

In the meantime, Mueller’s presence sends a message that no resources will be spared in investigating this senseless tragedy.

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FBI Dir. Mueller Defends Terrorist Stings at Opening of Crime Lab in Calif.

Robert Mueller III/fbi file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In response to a string of FBI stings around the country involving terrorist suspects, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III on Wednesday defended the tactic, calling it “absolutely essential” to public safety, according to the Associated Press.

“We have been tremendously successful in thwarting attacks,” Mueller said at a news conference in Santa Ana,  Calif, where he was attending the official opening of an FBI cyber crime lab that will examine data and files from cell phones, flash drives and computers for criminal cases, the AP reported.

“We are very careful in these investigations. … They are absolutely essential if we are to protect the community against terrorist attacks.”

“There has not been yet to my knowledge a defendant who has been acquitted in asserting the entrapment defense,” Mueller said.

The comments come in wake of some criticism that the stings amount to entrapment and create big-time terrorists out of lost souls who likely would have never committed an act of terrorism without the FBI.

In the past several months, the FBI has pulled off stings in Portland,Ore. and the Baltimore and Washington areas.

Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. has also come out publicly defending the FBI tactics.

(To read about the new cyber  crime lab click here)

Mueller Meets With Google and Facebook to Discuss Wiretaps

Robert Mueller/file fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III headed out to California earlier this week, not to let his hair down, but to meet in Silicon Valley with top executives from several companies including Facebook and Google to discuss a proposal to make it easier to wiretap Internet users, the New York Times reported.

The Times, citing “several people familiar with the dicussions”, reported that Mueller and the FBI’s general counsel, Valerie Caproni, were scheduled to meet with senior managers of the different companies.

“I can confirm that F.B.I. Director Robert Mueller is visiting Facebook during his trip to Silicon Valley,” said Andrew Noyes, Facebook’s public policy manager told the Times. FBI spokesman Michael Kortan, also acknowledged the meetings.

To read more click here.

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Column: Ex-FBI Official Says Naming Next FBI Director a Rare Opportunity for a Nonpartisan Appointment

Kathleen McChesney

By Kathleen McChesney, Ph.D.
FBI Executive Assistant Director (ret.)

As Robert S. Mueller III completes the final year of his ten-year term as the Director of the FBI, President Barack Obama and the United States Senate will have the critically important responsibility of nominating and confirming his successor.

This selection process should be devoid of the political posturing and gamesmanship that has surrounded the recent appointments of key government leaders and judges – but can only be so if the participants fully understand why the role of FBI Director is significantly different from other leadership positions.

While the FBI Director is not a political persona, the man or woman in this job exercises tremendous influence on international law enforcement issues and leaders.

The Director frequently makes crucial decisions on matters of national security and federal criminal investigations. He or she must be free to make decisions without fear of political consequences – especially in those cases involving public officials.

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FBI’s Mueller Pushes to Expand Telecom Wiretap Laws

Robert Mueller III / file fbi photo

Robert Mueller III / file fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is pushing to update laws to help agents keep up with the rapidly changing technology so they can effectively conduct surveillance of communications in anti-terrorism and other cases.

At a conference of intelligence experts in Washington, Mueller said there have been instances in which companies have not been able to comply with court orders and turn over electronic communications.

“One lesson we have learned in recent years is the need to ensure that the laws by which we operate keep pace with new threats and new technology,” he said.

“By way of example, let us turn to court-ordered intercepts,” he said. “In some instances, communications providers are not able to provide the electronic communications we seek in response to a court order.

“Many providers are not currently required to build or maintain intercept capabilities in their operating systems. As a result, they are often not equipped to provide timely assistance,” he said.

He cited one example in which “a Mexican drug cartel was making use of a communications system that we were not able to intercept. We had to use other investigative techniques that were far more risky.”

Some civil liberties groups are concerned about the FBI expanding its reach. But Mueller said that there is a balance that needs to be struck.

” Some have suggested there is an inherent tension between protecting national security and preserving civil liberties, ” Mueller said. ” I do disagree. Yes, we have a right to privacy. But we also have a right to ride the subways without the threat of bombings.”