Dan Eggen

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Eggen, Dan. "GAO Criticizes System For Tracking Terrorists: 'Watch Lists' Are Called Incompatible." Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2003, A21. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

A General Accounting Office (GAO) report released on 30 April 2003 describes the government's system of keeping track of suspected terrorists as "disorganized and inefficient.... The GAO report found that the federal agencies that compile watch lists 'do not have a consistent and uniform approach to sharing watch lists,' and that much of the data are not provided to local and state law enforcement."

[Terrorism/03]

Eggen, Dan. "GOP Plan Calls for Revamping Intelligence; Pentagon, CIA Would Give Up Many Duties." Washington Post, 23 Aug. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 22 August 2004, SSCI Chairman Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) "unveiled a radical proposal ... to remove most of the nation's major intelligence-gathering operations from the CIA and Pentagon and place them directly under the control of a new national intelligence director.... [T]he CIA's three main directorates would be torn from the agency and turned into separate entities reporting to separate directors. The Pentagon would lose control of three of its largest operations as well, including the ... National Security Agency." See also, Philip Shenon, "A G.O.P. Senator Proposes a Plan to Split Up C.I.A," New York Times, 23 Aug. 2004.

[Reform/00s/04/Debate]

Eggen, Dan. "Grand Jury Subpoenas Times Reporter Over Book Sources." Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2008, A7. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 24 January 2008, a federal grand jury in Alexandria "issued a subpoena seeking information about the confidential sources" of James Risen of the New York Times. In State of War (2006), he wrote about "Operation Merlin, depicted as an unsuccessful CIA effort to destabilize the Iranian nuclear program." According to Risen's attorney, David N. Kelley, the "subpoena ordered the reporter ... to appear before the grand jury" on 7 February 2008. Kelley "said Risen plans to resist the order."

[CIA/00s/08; Overviews/Legal/Gen]

Eggen, Dan. "Handling of Secrets in Spy Cases Debated." Washington Post, 7 May 2003, A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The prosecution of Katrina Leung and James J. Smith "has sparked a strenuous debate among U.S. law enforcement and intelligence officials over how to protect classified information while pursuing the charges in the case, according to people familiar with the deliberations."

[SpyCases/U.S./Leung]

Eggen, Dan. "High Court Won't Rule on Terror Surveillance." Washington Post, 25 Mar. 2003, A3. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 24 March 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to allow civil liberties advocates to intervene in the argument over "whether the government had gone too far in permitting information gathered with secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants to be used in criminal prosecutions.... The dispute revolves around powers granted ... as part of the USA Patriot Act.... The court that oversees government spying, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, ruled last year that the government was overstepping its bounds.... But the FISA appellate panel ... overturned that ruling in November, concluding that the government was free to implement more aggressive tactics in conducting searches and surveillance of suspected terrorists."

[Overviews/Legal/FISA]

Eggen, Dan. "Intelligence Unit for FBI Is Proposed; Service Would Be Entity In Agency, Mueller Says." Washington Post, 4 Jun. 2004, A21. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 3 June 2004, at a hearing of the House Appropriations subcommittee on commerce, "FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III ... proposed the creation of an intelligence service within the FBI that would have its own director and budget and would operate separately from other parts of the law enforcement agency." The move "is aimed in large part at heading off proposals that would strip the bureau of its responsibilities for intelligence and espionage investigations in the United States and turn them over to a new agency akin to Britain's domestic intelligence service."

[FBI/00s/04]

Eggen, Dan. "Kerrey Replacing Member of 9/11 Panel; Former Senator Taking Seat as Group Decides Whether to Extend Deadline." Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2003, A14. [http://www. washingtonpost.com]

"Former Nebraska senator Bob Kerrey, who served as the ranking Democrat on the Senate intelligence committee," was named on 9 December 2003 to "the independent panel investigating the government's performance before and during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks." Kerrey replaces former Georgia senator Max Cleland. See also, Philip Shenon, "Ex-Senator Kerrey Is Named to Federal 9/11 Commission," New York Times, 10 Dec. 2003.

[GenPostCW/00s/03/IndepComm]

Eggen, Dan. "Mueller Defends FBI's Performance." Washington Post, 20 Dec. 2002, A41. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

[FBI/00s/02]

Eggen, Dan. "9/11 Panel Chronicles U.S. Failures: Final Report Faults Two Administrations and Calls for Broad Reforms." Washington Post, 23 Jul 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The 567-page final report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States, released on 22 July 2004, concludes that the "U.S. government was utterly unprepared on Sept. 11, 2001, to protect the American people from al Qaeda terrorists, who outwitted and outmaneuvered a bureaucracy that had never seriously addressed them as a threat and had never fathomed the possibility of such a calamitous assault on U.S. soil.... Although it stops short of blaming President Bush or former president Bill Clinton for the attacks, the document concludes that both administrations were lackluster in their efforts to combat Islamic terrorism and derides congressional oversight of the issue as 'dysfunctional.'...

"The 10-member bipartisan panel recommends forming a new Cabinet-level office of national intelligence and creating a terrorism center that would not only analyze intelligence but also run its own counterterrorism operations at home and abroad. The commission wants Congress to completely change the way it governs the intelligence community as well." See also, Dana Priest and Walter Pincus, "CIA-Like Counterterror Center Urged: New Command Would Report to Intelligence Chief," Washington Post, 23 Jul. 2004, A21.

[GenPostCW/00s/04/IndepComm]

Eggen, Dan. "9/11 Panel Head Assails Delay: Chairman Warns That Inquiry Might Have to Be Limited." Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2004, A3. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The chairman of the independent commission investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks, former New Jersey governor Thomas H. Kean, said in an interview on 19 February 2004 that the commission "will have to consider scaling back the scope of its inquiry and limiting public hearings unless Congress agrees by next week to give the panel more time to finish its work."

[PostCW/00s/Commission/04]

Eggen, Dan. "Powell Calls Report 'A Big Mistake'; State Dept., CIA Probe Terror Study." Washington Post, 14 Jun. 2004, A13. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

During appearances on Sunday talk shows on 13 June 2004, "Secretary of State Colin L. Powell said ... that a State Department report claiming a global decline in terrorist incidents last year was 'a big mistake,' but he said there was no intent to 'cook the books' for political purposes."

[Terrorism/RefMats]

Eggen, Dan. "Pre-9/11 Missteps By FBI: Detailed: Report Tells of Missed Chances To Find Hijackers." Washington Post, 10 Jun. 2005, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to a report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, released on 9 June 2005, the FBI's "inability to detect the Sept. 11, 2001, hijacking plot amounts to a 'significant failure' ... and was caused in large part by 'widespread and longstanding deficiencies' in the way the agency handled terrorism and intelligence cases." See also, Eric Lichtblau, "Report Details F.B.I.'s Failure on 2 Hijackers," New York Times, 10 Jun. 2005.

[FBI/00s/05]

Eggen, Dan. "Report Details More FBI Blunders in Wen Ho Lee Probe." Washington Post, 27 Aug. 2001, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to a classified portion of a Justice Department report, "[t]he FBI's investigation of Wen Ho Lee was more seriously bungled than officials have previously disclosed, with inept agents making amateurish mistakes and ignoring orders to consider other suspects.... The 166-page chapter ... outlines a succession of blunders, misjudgments and faulty assumptions by the FBI that contributed to the government's shoddy investigation of the former Los Alamos National Laboratory scientist."

[SpyCases/U.S./China/Lee]

Eggen, Dan. "Robert Hanssen, Man of Many Mysteries." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 16-22 Jul. 2001, 31.

"Spies are often quite clear in their motives.... But Hanssen is still a riddle. The more information that emerges about his behavior and beliefs, the more contradictory they appear. None of the usual motives for espionage -- greed, ideology or revenge -- seem sufficient to explain the multiple deceptions he engaged in at work, at home, and at church."

[FBI/Hanssen]

Eggen, Dan. "Senators Criticize FBI Chief For Not Acting on Warning: Mueller Says Plot Would Not Have Been Uncovered." Washington Post, 9 May 2002, A29. [http//www. washingtonpost.com]

"In some of the strongest public criticism of the FBI since Sept. 11, Democratic senators [on 8 May 2002] upbraided the bureau for not aggressively pursuing an internal report last July that suspected terrorists might be enrolling in U.S. aviation schools."

[Terrorism/02/WTC]

Eggen, Dan. "A Tough, No-Nonsense Manager for the FBI." Washington Post National Weekly Edition, 16-22 Jul. 2001, 30.

Background on Robert S. Mueller, III, nominated on 5 July 2001 to be FBI Director.

[FBI/00s/01]

Eggen, Dan. "Webster Begins Probe of FBI Security Measures." Washington Post, 13 Mar. 2001. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"Former FBI and CIA director William H. Webster officially began his probe this week into security measures at the FBI in the wake of the Robert P. Hanssen spy case, after receiving a formal outline of his duties from the Justice Department."

[FBI/Hanssen]

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