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Mr. Robert S. Mueller III

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November 2012: "It remains unclear whether the F.B.I. also gained access to Mr. Petraeus’s personal e-mail account, or if it relied only on e-mails discovered in Ms. Broadwell’s in-box. It also remains uncertain exactly when the information about Mr. Petraeus reached Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and Robert S. Mueller III, the F.B.I. director. Both men have declined to comment."

March 2010: "A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s program of surveillance without warrants was illegal....But Judge Walker limited liability in the case to the government as an institution, rejecting the lawsuit’s effort to hold Robert S. Mueller III, the F.B.I. director, personally liable."

May 2009: "WASHINGTON — A Pakistani Muslim who was arrested after the Sept. 11 attacks may not sue John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, and Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for abuses he says he suffered in a Brooklyn detention center, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday."

May 2008: "FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III decreed in 2002 that the bureau would not engage in such practices, favoring techniques that built rapport and gleaned more useful information about potential threats, the inspector general report said. But the Defense Department adopted a different view, which prevailed. Eventually FBI agents started conducting interviews on their own rather than participating in sessions with CIA and military counterparts."

May 2008: "U.S. officials have renewed their demands that Badawi and Quso be extradited so they can stand trial in New York. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III flew to Sanaa last month to deliver the message personally to Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh. Yemen has refused, citing a constitutional ban on extraditing its citizens."

March 2008: 'A year ago, lawmakers of both parties called for limits on the FBI's use of the security letters, which demand consumer information from banks, credit card companies and other institutions without a warrant as part of investigations into suspected terrorism and espionage. Congress has not followed through with legislation, however, and Mueller sought to assure lawmakers that internal changes will solve the problems. He said new FBI procedures will "minimize the chance of future lapses," including the creation of a compliance office tasked with monitoring the use of security letters.'

August 2007: On the other hand, the activities were authorized under a single presidential order and were all part of an NSA effort to gather communications about suspected terrorists after the Sept. 11 attacks. That helps explain why many Democratic lawmakers and administration officials -- including FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III -- viewed the wiretapping as part of a larger NSA program, rather than a separate effort, as Gonzales's testimony has suggested.

June 2007: But the jet that the FBI originally sold to lawmakers in the late 1990s as an essential tool for battling terrorism is now routinely used to ferry FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to speeches, public appearances and field office visits.

January 2002: John Ashcroft's Department of Justice does not want Congress to air out this long, shameful story. At the time J. Edgar Hoover belatedly began his war on the Mafia, civil liberty was set aside to meet the perceived emergency — abuses that lasted through three decades. The current F.B.I. chief, Robert Mueller, was U.S. attorney in Boston during the mid-80's and presumably did not have an inkling about the unlawful law enforcement going on around him.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Organization Mar 5, 2004
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Justice Department/Department of Justice (DOJ) Organization
Appointed/Selected by President George W. Bush Person Aug 28, 2006

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Nov 11, 2012 Officials Say F.B.I. Knew of Petraeus Affair in the Summer

QUOTE: The new accounts of the events that led to Mr. Petraeus’s sudden resignation on Friday shed light on the competing pressures facing F.B.I. agents who recognized the high stakes of any investigation involving the C.I.A. director but who were wary of exposing a private affair with no criminal or security implications.

New York Times
Mar 31, 2010 Federal Judge Finds N.S.A. Wiretaps Were Illegal

QUOTE: A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the National Security Agency’s program of surveillance without warrants was illegal, rejecting the Obama administration’s effort to keep shrouded in secrecy one of the most disputed counterterrorism policies of former President George W. Bush.

New York Times
Feb 28, 2010 Civil rights-era killings yield secrets to FBI probe

QUOTE: Three years after the FBI pledged to investigate more than 100 unsolved civil rights killings, the agency is ready to close all but a handful. Investigators say they have solved most of the mysteries behind the cases, but few will result in indictments, given the passage of decades, the deaths of prime suspects and the challenge of gathering evidence.

Washington Post
May 18, 2009 Justices Turn Back Ex-Detainee’s Suit

QUOTE: A Pakistani Muslim who was arrested after the Sept. 11 attacks may not sue John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, and Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for abuses he says he suffered in a Brooklyn detention center...failed to allege a plausible link between the officials’ conduct and the abuses he said he had suffered.

New York Times
May 21, 2008 Audit Finds FBI Reports Of Abuse Were Ignored: Tactics Continued Against Detainees

QUOTE: Reports that Guantanamo detainees were being subjected to extreme temperatures, religious abuses and nude interrogation were conveyed at White House meetings of senior officials in 2003, yet these questionable tactics remained in use, a lengthy report by the Justice Department's inspector general concluded.

Washington Post
May 20, 2008 Report Details Interrogation Debate

QUOTE: The report describes major and repeated clashes between F.B.I. agents and their counterparts over the rough methods being used on detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Afghanistan and Iraq — some of which, according to the inspector general, may have violated the Defense Department’s own policies at the time.

New York Times
May 04, 2008 Probe of USS Cole Bombing Unravels

QUOTE: Almost eight years after al-Qaeda nearly sank the USS Cole with an explosives-stuffed motorboat, killing 17 sailors, all the defendants convicted in the attack have escaped from prison or been freed by Yemeni officials.

Washington Post
Mar 05, 2008 FBI Chief Confirms Misuse of Subpoenas: Security Letters Used to Get Personal Data

QUOTE: Inspector General Glenn A. Fine reported a year ago that the FBI used such letters improperly obtain telephone logs, banking records and other personal records of thousands of Americans from 2003 to 2005. An internal FBI audit also found that the bureau potentially violated laws or agency rules more than 1,000 times in such cases.

Washington Post
Oct 03, 2007 Panel Is Told of ‘Mess’ Over Eavesdropping

QUOTE: Professor Goldsmith told the Judiciary Committee that chances to create a legally justified program were undercut by senior White House officials who were averse to any restraint on presidential power and devoted to extreme secrecy.

New York Times
Aug 01, 2007 NSA Spying Part of Broader Effort: Intelligence Chief Says Bush Authorized Secret Activities Under One Order

QUOTE: The disclosure makes clear that a controversial National Security Agency program was part of a much broader operation than the president previously described.

Washington Post
Jul 25, 2007 FBI Seeks To Pay Telecoms For Data: $5 Million a Year Sought for Firms To Keep Databases

QUOTE: [Although] The FBI would not have direct access to the records .... The proposal "is circumventing the law by paying companies to do something the FBI couldn't do itself legally," said Michael German, American Civil Liberties Union policy counsel on national security.

Washington Post
Jul 10, 2007 Gonzales Was Told of FBI Violations: After Bureau Sent Reports, Attorney General Said He Knew of No Wrongdoing

QUOTE: two years ago, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales assured lawmakers that the FBI had not abused its potent new terrorism-fighting powers .... [but] a lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union, said the new documents raise questions about whether Gonzales misled Congress...

Washington Post
Jun 12, 2007 Mueller Often Uses FBI Jet Bought for Counterterrorism

QUOTE: The jet that the FBI originally sold to lawmakers in the late 1990s as an essential tool for battling terrorism is now routinely used to ferry FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to speeches, public appearances and field office visits. FBI officials acknowledged to The Washington Post that Mueller's use of the Gulfstream is a marked departure from the travel practices of his predecessors, such as Louis J. Freeh, who flew commercially or used a smaller Cessna Citation jet.

Washington Post
Jun 07, 2007 Official: Cheney Urged Wiretaps: Stand-In for Ashcroft Alleges Interference

QUOTE: Vice President Cheney told Justice Department officials that he disagreed with their objections to a secret surveillance program during a high-level White House meeting in March 2004, a former senior Justice official told senators yesterday. .... The program allowed the National Security Agency to monitor phone calls and e-mails between the United States and overseas.

Washington Post
May 16, 2007 Gonzales Hospital Episode Detailed: Ailing Ashcroft Pressured on Spy Program, Former Deputy Says

QUOTE: Attorney General John D. Ashcroft lay ill in an intensive-care unit, his deputy, James B. Comey, received an urgent call. White House Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales and President Bush's chief of staff, Andrew H. Card Jr., were on their way to the hospital to persuade Ashcroft to reauthorize Bush's domestic surveillance program, which the Justice Department had just determined was illegal.

Washington Post
Apr 03, 2007 Privacy advocates fight for ground lost after 9/11: Five years after surrendering privacy for security, many challenge the scope of US government domestic surveillance.

QUOTE: The trade-off was one plenty of citizens and lawmakers willingly made after 9/11: less individual privacy for better national security. Five and a half years later, many are rethinking, even challenging, the government's expanded use of surveillance inside the US, spurred by revelations about the scope and number of new programs.

Christian Science Monitor
Apr 02, 2007 Crime Intensifies Debate Over Taping of Suspects

QUOTE: dispute within the Justice Department over a critical law enforcement question: Should interviews with criminal suspects be tape-recorded? Paul K. Charlton, the United States attorney in Arizona, was ousted after spending months protesting a Federal Bureau of Investigation policy that, for practical purposes, forbids the taping of almost all confessions, in stark contrast to the practice of many local law enforcement agencies in Arizona and other locations across the country.

New York Times
Mar 27, 2007 FBI Provided Inaccurate Data for Surveillance Warrants

QUOTE: A internal FBI review in early 2006 of some of the more than 2,000 surveillance warrants the bureau obtains each year confirmed that dozens of inaccuracies had been provided to the court. The errors ranged from innocuous lapses, such as the wrong description of family relationships, to more serious problems, such as citing information from informants who were no longer active, officials said.

Washington Post
Mar 20, 2007 FBI Issues New Rules For Getting Phone Records

QUOTE: The report documented instances in which agents gathered phone records between 2003 and 2005 using emergency powers when no emergencies existed. It also reported that agents did not follow basic legal requirements, such as certifying that requests for phone records were connected to authorized FBI investigations.

Washington Post
Jul 06, 2006 Consultant Breached FBI's Computers: Frustrated by Bureaucracy, Hacker Says Agents Approved and Aided Break-Ins

QUOTE: A government consultant, using computer programs easily found on the Internet, managed to crack the FBI's classified computer system...he said agents in the Springfield office approved his actions.

Washington Post

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