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William H. Webster Esq.

Self Description

July 2005: "William Webster is a senior partner in Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP's Washington office. A former chairman of its Litigation Department, he is also involved in the Firm's international corporate, banking, and administrative law practices and is active in the fields of arbitration and mediation. Prior to joining Milbank in 1991, Judge Webster was, since 1987, Director of Central Intelligence, where he headed all the foreign intelligence agencies of the United States and directed the Central Intelligence Agency. Earlier, he served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1978 - 1987), Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (1973 - 78), and Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri (1970 - 73). A practicing attorney with a St. Louis law firm from 1949 to 1959, Judge Webster served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri from 1960 to 1961. He returned to private practice in 1961. From 1964 to 1969, he was also a member of the Missouri Board of Law Examiners. Judge Webster graduated from Amherst College and received his Juris Doctor from Washington University Law School. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Council of the American Law Institute, Order of the Coif and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He has received numerous honorary degrees and awards, including the Freedoms Foundation National Service Medal (1985), the Presidential Medal of Freedom (1991) and the National Security Medal (1991). He is a past Chairman of the American Bar Association Business Law Section and past President of the Institute of Judicial Administration. He is a director of the American Arbitration Association and the CPR Center for Dispute Resolution. He is a Trustee of Washington University in St. Louis. "

Third-Party Descriptions

May 2001: "A group of influential Americans, including a former director of central intelligence, William H. Webster, helped to create the Nonproliferation Trust, a private company that has worked to win support and financing for a permanent repository in Russia for 10,000 tons of spent fuel from reactors operating outside the United States."

June 2005: The Reagan administration did not undertake this kidnapping lightly. Then-FBI Director William Webster had opposed an earlier bid to snatch Yunis, arguing that the United States should not adopt the tactics of Israel, which had abducted Adolf Eichmann on a residential street in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 1960.


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) American Arbitration Association Organization Jul 27, 2005
Student/Trainee (past or present) Amherst College Organization Jul 27, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Organization Jul 27, 2005
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Organization
Organization Executive (past or present) Justice Department/Department of Justice (DOJ) Organization Jul 27, 2005
Employee/Freelancer/Contractor (past or present) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Organization
Student/Trainee (past or present) Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Washington University in Saint Louis Organization Jul 27, 2005

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Jun 30, 2005 Milan Snatch: Extraordinary rendition comes back to bite the Bush administration.

QUOTE: But since launching its war on terror, the administration of George W. Bush has expanded the practice to "extraordinary rendition," which includes kidnappings of foreign suspects so they can be turned over to authoritarian allies like Egypt for interrogation sessions that likely involve torture.

Sep 23, 2003 Patriot Act Used In 16-Year-Old Deportation Case: Administration Revives 1987 Effort

QUOTE: The Bush administration has decided to pursue a 16-year-old effort to deport two Palestinian activists... despite several court rulings that the deportations are unconstitutional because the men were not involved in terrorist activity.

Washington Post
Nov 09, 2002 SEC's Head Accountant Resigns: Role in Audit-Board Choice Spurred Herdman's Move

QUOTE: The chief accountant of the Securities and Exchange Commission resigned...because of his role in the selection of former FBI and CIA director William H. Webster as head of the new national board to police the accounting industry.

Washington Post
May 26, 2001 Russia Sees Payoff in Storing Nuclear Waste From Around the World

QUOTE: With strong backing from President Vladimir V. Putin, the Ministry of Atomic Energy is expected to get a new legal mandate from Parliament next month to offer permanent storage for the highly toxic spent nuclear fuel that has been piling up in temporary storage basins at power plants around the world....But the reprocessing of nuclear fuel has become one of the most delicate issues of the nuclear safety debate because it separates plutonium and uranium in forms that might be stolen or diverted to illicit nuclear weapons programs.

New York Times