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FBI Dir. Robert Mueller Speaks About the Changing Face of the FBI

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FBI Dir. Robert Mueller Criticizes Release of Libyan Convicted in Lockerie Bombing

panamBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III responded to Scotland’s  release  on Thursday of the Libyan convicted in the Lockerbie bombing of Pan Am flight 103,  saying he was “deeply disappointed” and figured the man had served less than 14 days in jail per victim.

“We are deeply disappointed over the decision to release Abdel Basset Mohamed al-Megrahi from prison,” Mueller said in a prepared statement. “Mr. Megrahi’s guilt was firmly established by the court. His conviction resulted in a life sentence for his part in the loss of 270 innocent lives, including 189 Americans.”

“He never admitted to his role in this act of terrorism, nor did he or the government of Libya disclose the names or roles of others who were responsible,” Mueller said. “In a case of mass murder over Lockerbie, Mr. Megrahi served less than 14 days per victim. Our thoughts are with the families and friends of those victims today, for the ongoing pain and loss caused by this horrific attack.”

Scottish authorities released the terminally ill Abdel Basset Ali al-Megrahi, a former Libyan intelligence agent, on compassionate grounds, according to media reports.  He was convicted in 2001  in the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 that exploded over the town of Lockerbie in December 1988.

FBI Dir. Mueller Dedicates New FBI Building in Louisville

Robert Mueller III/file photo

Robert Mueller III/file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director Robert Mueller III sprinkled a little wit and humor in a speech he delivered Monday during the dedication of the new $40 million, three-story FBI building in Louisville just south of I-64.

“Having had a chance to tour the new space, I am doubtful that any of you will request a transfer to Headquarters anytime soon,” Mueller said. ” Actually, I am thinking of requesting a transfer to Louisville.”

“Kentucky is home to ‘the fastest two minutes in sports.’ In that spirit, I will keep my remarks brief. But first, I would like to recognize some of the many individuals who guided this project every step of the way.”

He went on to thank the people involved in building the facility and then said:

“The Louisville office was permanently established in June of 1935. The main challenges to law enforcement at that time were bank robbers and violent gangsters, who made a habit of crossing state lines to evade local law enforcement. This was captured well in the recent movie Public Enemies, though it is a safe bet that most of the real-life criminals did not look like Johnny Depp.”

“The threats we face today have changed dramatically. Today, the agents, task force officers, and analysts working inside this building investigate everything from cyber crime to organized crime; from public corruption to espionage; and from violent gangs to terrorism. As threats have evolved, so has our approach to law enforcement.

“It has become clear that no one agency, community, or even country can prevent crime and terrorism on its own. We must sit at one table. We must work as one team. This new building allows us to do just that.”

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Robert Mueller and John Ashcroft Considered Resigning Over Warrantless Wiretaps

The story behind the warrantless wiretaps is not one the prouder moments for the Bush administration, which sometimes saw the laws as more of an inconvenience than anything else.

John Ashcroft/doj photo

John Ashcroft/doj photo

By Noel Brinkerhoff
AllGov

President George W. Bush’s insistence on continuing the warrantless wiretapping program in 2004 almost forced the resignations of some of top law enforcement officials in the administration, according to federal inspectors of the government’s top intelligence agencies.

The report by the inspectors general of the CIA, Pentagon, National Security Agency and other offices reveals that multiple officials in the Department of Justice, including Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert Mueller, were seriously considering stepping down because Bush was adamant about maintaining the domestic spying program without approval from the Justice Department.

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FBI Dir. Mueller Honors Actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr., 90, Who Portrayed Ideal Agent in Show “The FBI”

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
More than three decades ago,  actor Efrem Zimbalist Jr. graced America’s tv sets with his collective cool, his slick dark hair and finely tailored suits.  In living rooms everywhere,  he was known as the beloved fictional agent Insp. Louis Erskine on a show simply named “The FBI”.

Dir. Mueller Honors Efrem Zimbalist Jr./fbi photo
Dir. Mueller Honors Efrem Zimbalist Jr./fbi photo

The show, which ran from 1965-74, was a public relations bonanza for an agency that has always taken public relations seriously .  It was also a great recruiting tool for some future FBI agents. Zimbalist was always fighting evil, always portraying the ideal FBI agent.

On Monday morning, in a ceremony at the Los Angeles FBI field office, FBI Dir. Robert Mueller III honored Zimbalist with an honorary FBI special agent  badge. He still looked fit at age 90, but the slick dark hair associated with the fictional character Insp. Erskine had gone the way of the black and white tv, only to be replaced with a shock of white hair.

“Inspector Erskine became a classic TV character, and a household name,” Mueller said during the presentation. ” For many Americans, the show was their first glimpse into the work of the FBI, and their first encounter with an FBI special agent.

“We could not have asked for a better character, or a better man to play his role,” Mueller  said. ” Over the years, many actors have played FBI agents. But thanks to Efrem’s fine work, Inspector Erskine will always remain the icon of an FBI special agent.”

A press release from FBI headquarters said that “Mr. Zimbalist has been a steadfast supporter of the FBI for nearly four decades.

“After the show ended, Mr. Zimbalist continued his relationship with the FBI, participating in charity events that helped raise money for families of agents killed in the line of duty, lending his well-known voice to help narrate FBI recruiting videos, and appearing at various FBI functions around the country,” the press release said.

FBI Dir. Robert Mueller Defends Use of Informants in Mosques

Robert Mueller III

Robert Mueller III

This issue over FBI informants in mosques has created serious tension as of late between the FBI and the Islamic community in the U.S. This comes after great inroads have been made to improve relations in the Post-9/11 era.

By MICHAEL R. BLOOD
Associated Press Writer
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 individuals,” Mueller said during a brief meeting with reporters in Los Angeles.

“To the extent that there may be evidence or other information of criminal wrongdoings, then we will … undertake those investigations,” Mueller added. “We will continue to do it.”

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FBI Dir. Mueller Says Agency in “Dire Need” to “Consolidate and Digitize Records”

fbi file photo

fbi file photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said Thursday that the agency is in “dire need of a Central Record Complex” to consolidate and digitize records “now dispersed among 265 FBI locations worldwide.”

The central records complex, he said, “will enable us to efficiently locate and access all of our records quickly, thus allowing us to more effectively process name checks, as well as provide critical case and administrative data that can be used for intelligence and investigative purposes.” He said $9 million has been earmarked for the 2010 budget to help accomplish this.

Mueller’s remarks came in a statement delivered to the Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies.

To Read the full text of his statement click here.

FBI Dir. Mueller Says Stimulus Plan Vulnerable to Fraud

Robert Mueller speaking in N.Y./fbi photo

Robert Mueller speaking in N.Y./fbi photo

There is no question the stimulus package will be a haven for scammers. The package includes a weatherization program , which allows homes to become more energy efficient. That one will open the door  for crooks involved in mortgage fraud. It won’t be pretty.

By Thom Weidlich
Bloomberg
NEW YORK — FBI Director Robert Mueller said the U.S. government’s stimulus package, including the Troubled Asset Relief Program, has “the potential to be the next wave” of cases the agency investigates.

“These funds are inherently vulnerable to bribery, fraud, conflicts of interest and collusion,” Mueller said today (Tuesday) in a speech at the Economic Club of New York. “There is an old adage: Where there is money to be made, fraud is not far behind, like bees to honey.”

He compared possible stimulus-package fraud to Hurricane Katrina relief investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that resulted in 246 convictions in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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