FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION

2010 - 2011

Materials arranged chronologically.

Solomon, John, and Carrie Johnson. "FBI Broke Law for Years in Phone Record Searches." Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2010, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Bureau officials have confirmed that "[a] Justice Department inspector general's report due out this month is expected to conclude that the FBI frequently violated the law" between 2002 and 2006 by making terrorism emergency requests for telephone call records in nonemergency situations or by "simply persuading phone companies to provide records.... FBI officials issued approvals after the fact to justify their actions."

Lichtblau, Eric. "F.B.I. Faces New Setback in Computer Overhaul." New York Times, 18 Mar. 2010. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The FBI "has suspended work on parts of its huge computer overhaul," known as Sentinel. "The overhaul was supposed to be completed this fall, but now will not be done until next year at the earliest." According to Congressional officials, "[t]he delay could mean at least $30 million in cost overruns.... Beyond the financial costs are concerns about the F.B.I.'s ability to handle its law enforcement and national security responsibilities with an information system still regarded as sub-par in some crucial areas."

Hsu, Spencer S. "FBI Names Veteran Officer to Oversee Intelligence Divisions." Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

FBI Director Robert Mueller announced on 21 April 2010 that "Sean Joyce will become the new executive assistant director of [the FBI] National Security Branch.... Joyce, who was most recently assistant director of the FBI's International Operations Division,... replaces Arthur M. Cummings II, who is retiring this month....

"Cummings's deputy, Philip Mudd, a highly regarded CIA counterterrorism official who moved to the FBI in 2005, has left the bureau in recent weeks, spokesman Paul Bresson confirmed. In June, Mudd withdrew from consideration to become intelligence chief for the Homeland Security Department, a decision that came amid Senate pressure over his view of CIA interrogation policies."

Savage, Charlie. "White House Seeks to Clarify F.B.I. Powers vis-à-vis E-Mail." New York Times, 29 Jul. 2010. [http://www.nytimes.com]

The Obama administration has asked Congress "to include a provision in the 2011 intelligence authorization bill modifying the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, which forbids companies that handle electronic communications ... to reveal customer information without a court warrant. The act makes exceptions for information relevant to national-security investigations, when speed can be essential." For example, F.B.I. agents can "issue a 'national-security letter' requiring a company to turn over records listing the phone numbers someone has called, although a warrant is still required to eavesdrop on the content of calls. The proposal would add 'electronic communication transactional records' -- like e-mail addresses used in correspondence and Web pages visited -- to a list of the categories of information that F.B.I. agents can demand."

Stein, Jeff. "FBI Sentinel Project Is Over Budget and Behind Schedule, Say IG Auditors." Washington Post, 20 Oct. 2010. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

A report issued on 20 October 2010 by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine says the FBI's troubled Sentinel project "'is approximately $100 million over budget and 2 years behind schedule,' ... and still lacks common features of personal computers and ordinary word processing, such as search functions, spell-checking and automatic document saves.... The program could cost another $350 million and take six years to complete, the auditors said."

Stein, Jeff. "BackChannel Chatter: Top FBI Counterterror Guy Moves On." Washington Post, 21 Dec. 2010. [http://voices.washingtonpost.com/spy-talk]

"Donald F. Borelli, who retired last week as head of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York," has "joined a private security consulting company headed by Ali Soufan, another notable FBI agent who worked against al-Qaeda."

Zamost, Scott, and Kyra Phillips. "CNN Exclusive: FBI Misconduct Reveals Sex, Lies and Videotape." CNN, 27 Jan. 2011. [http://www.cnn.com]

CNN has obtained "confidential summaries of FBI disciplinary reports, which describe misconduct by agency supervisors, agents and other employees over the last three years. The reports, compiled by the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility, are e-mailed quarterly to FBI employees, but are not released to the public.... [T]he FBI confirms that about 325 to 350 employees a year receive some kind of discipline, ranging from a reprimand to suspension. About 30 employees each year are fired."

U.S. Congress. Senate. Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Joseph I. Lieberman, Chairman, and Susan M. Collins, Ranking Member. "'A Ticking Time Bomb': Counterterrorism Lessons from the U.S. Government's Failure to Prevent the Fort Hood Attack." 3 Feb. 2011. Available at: http://hsgac.senate.gov/public/_files/Fort_Hood/FortHoodReport.pdf.

From "Executive Summary": "Our basic conclusion is as follows: Although neither DoD nor the FBI had specific information concerning the time, place, or nature of the [5 November 2009] attack, they collectively had sufficient information to have detected [Army Maj. Nidal Malik] Hasan's radicalization to violent Islamist extremism but failed both to understand and to act on it. Our investigation found specific and systemic failures in the government's handling of the Hasan case and raises additional concerns about what may be broader systemic issues."

Mazzetti, Mark. "Private Spies Aid F.B.I. in Afghan Investigation." New York Times, 28 Feb. 2011. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to U.S officials and private contractors, after the Pentagon ended "its relationship with a private spy network operating in Afghanistan and Pakistan" and managed by Duane R. Clarridge, a former top CIA official, the FBI "began tapping the same group to help investigate the killing of 10 medical aid workers in northern Afghanistan." The network has provided FBI agents in Kabul "with intelligence reports about militants who may have been involved in the attack." Clarridge's "network is made up of former C.I.A. and special forces operatives, as well as dozens of Afghan and Pakistani locals."

Associated Press. "Senate Votes to Extend Term of FBI Director Mueller." 27 Jul. 2011. [http://www.ap.org]

On 27 July 2011, the U.S. Senate "extended the term of FBI Director Robert Mueller for up to two years."

Savage, Charles. "F.B.I. Focusing on Security Over Ordinary Crime." New York Times, 23 Aug. 2011. [http://www.nytimes.com]

According to internal data from March 25, 2009, to March 31, 2011, FBI agents "have been more likely to be hunting for potential threats to national security than for ordinary criminals in recent years." The data shows that "agents opened 42,888 assessments of people or groups to see whether they were terrorists or spies.... Information gathered ... during those assessments had led to 1,986 preliminary or full investigations. The data also showed that agents initiated 39,437 assessments of people or groups to see whether they were engaged in ordinary crime,... .while 1,329 preliminary or full investigations had been opened based on the information gathered."

Associated Press. "Counterterror Veteran Is New Deputy FBI Director." 31 Aug. 2011. [http://www.associatedpress.com]

Sean Joyce has been named the FBI's new deputy director, replacing the retiring Timothy Murphy. Joyce moves from his position as executive assistant director of the national security branch.

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