Dan Eggen

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Eggen, Dan. "Broad U.S. Wiretap Powers Upheld: Secret Court Lifts Bar on Terror Suspect Surveillance." Washington Post, 19 Nov. 2002, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 18 November 2002, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, in its first ruling, "found that the USA Patriot Act ... allows intelligence investigators and criminal prosecutors to more easily share information about ongoing terrorism and espionage cases.... Appointed by Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, the current intelligence appeals panel comprises three semi-retired appellate court judges: Ralph B. Guy, Edward Leavy and Laurence Hirsch Silberman." See also, Neil A. Lewis, "Court Overturns Limits on Wiretaps to Combat Terror," New York Times, 19 Nov. 2002.


Eggen, Dan. "Bush Aims to Blend Counterterrorism Efforts." Washington Post, 15 Feb. 2003, A16. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

In an appearance at FBI headquarters on 14 February 2003, President George W. Bush announced plans "to place FBI and CIA counterterrorism operations under one roof.... Under the plan, the FBI's entire counterterrorism division would be moved into a secure building with the CIA's Counterterrorism Center and a new Terrorist Threat Integration Center.... [T]he FBI would retain control over its counterterrorism division. [DCI] George J. Tenet ... would run both the counterterrorism and threat centers."


Eggen, Dan. "Bush Gives CIA Director More Power." Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2004, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

[CIA/00s/04/Gen; CIA/DCIs/Gen; Reform/00s/04/Debate]

Eggen, Dan. "'Carnivore' Glitches Blamed for FBI Woes: Problems With E-Mail Surveillance Program Led to Mishandling of al Qaeda Probe in 2000, Memo Says." Washington Post, 29 May 2002, A7. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to an FBI internal memorandum released on 28 May 2002, the "FBI mishandled a surveillance operation involving Osama bin Laden's terror network two years ago because of technical problems with the controversial Carnivore e-mail program." The FBI's Osama bin Laden unit acquired in March 2000 a FISA warrant "for use against a suspect in an investigation based in Denver.... The memo says that on March 16, 2000, the Carnivore 'software was turned on and did not work properly,' capturing e-mails involving both the target and others unconnected to the case. The memo goes on to say that 'the FBI technical person was apparently so upset that he destroyed all the E-Mail take, including the take' from the target."


Eggen, Dan. "Center To Assess Terrorist Threat: New Operation to Be Housed at CIA for Now." Washington Post, 1 May 2003, A10. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

The Terrorist Threat Integration Center (TTIC) officially begins operation on 1 May 2003. The new center "will start with a skeleton staff of 60 in temporary quarters at CIA headquarters in Langley." It will immediately take responsibility "for compiling the top-secret Daily Threat Matrix, an analysis that forms the backbone for much of the administration's strategy in assessing terrorist attacks.... [M]any lawmakers and intelligence experts are taking a cautious view of the threat center concept, which critics view as a wasteful bureaucracy that will only worsen confusion and communication problems within the intelligence community."


Eggen, Dan. "CIA Foresaw Interrogation Issues: Agency Considered Investigations 'Virtually Inevitable.'" Washington Post, 24 Apr. 2008, A16. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"[A]ccording to a CIA official's statement in court documents filed" on 23 April 2008, "[t]he CIA concluded that criminal, administrative or civil investigations stemming from harsh interrogation tactics were 'virtually inevitable,' leading the agency to seek legal support from the Justice Department.... The CIA said it had identified more than 7,000 pages of classified memos, e-mails and other records relating to its secret prison and interrogation program, but maintained that the materials cannot be released because they relate to, in part, communications between CIA and Justice Department attorneys or discussions with the White House."


Eggen, Dan. "Ex-Chiefs Disagree on Intelligence Overhaul." Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2003, A3. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Testifying on 14 October 2003 before a bipartisan commission investigating the 9/11 terrorist attacks, former DCIs John M. Deutch and James R. Schlesinger disagreed on whether drastic reform is needed in U.S. intelligence. Deutch "said that the government should create a domestic intelligence agency to take over counterterrorism responsibilities from the FBI and vest the director of central intelligence with more authority.... But Schlesinger ... urged caution. 'Tinkering with the organizational structure can help, but by itself will not produce major improvement,' Schlesinger said."


Eggen, Dan. "FBI Apologizes to CIA Spy Suspect." Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2001, A5. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

"The FBI has formally apologized to a CIA intelligence officer who had been suspended from duty for 21 months after he was wrongly targeted as a spy." The apology came in a letter sent by Neil J. Gallagher, assistant director in charge of the FBI's national security division, to the officer last month. "'I sincerely regret the adverse impact that this investigation had on you and the members of your family,' Gallagher wrote in a letter dated Aug. 16."

[CIA/00s/01; FBI/01]

Eggen, Dan. "FBI Chief Confirms Misuse of Subpoenas: Security Letters Used to Get Personal Data." Washington Post, 6 Mar. 2008. A2. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 5 March 2008, "FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told senators ... that agents improperly used" national security letters, a type of administrative subpoena, "to obtain personal data about Americans until internal reforms were enacted last year."

[FBI/00s/08 & DomSec]

Eggen, Dan. "FBI Director to Propose 'Super Squad' for Terror." Washington Post, 15 May 2002, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to those familiar with FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III's plans, an "FBI 'super squad,' headquartered in Washington, would lead all major terrorism investigations worldwide.... The proposed shift would include the hiring of hundreds of agents and analysts as well as the creation of an Office of Intelligence, headed by a former CIA official, that would serve as a national clearinghouse for classified terrorism information."

[FBI/02; Terrorism/02/Fallout]

Eggen, Dan. "FBI Fails to Transform Itself, Panel Says: Former Sept. 11 Commission 'Taken Aback' by Personnel, Technology Problems." Washington Post, 7 Jun. 2005, A4. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

Former members of the 9/11 commission have "reorganized as a private nonprofit group, the 9/11 Public Discourse Project.... The 10-member bipartisan panel plans to issue a 'report card' on the government's performance in improving its counterterrorism efforts." On 6 June 2005, the group convened the "first in a series of hearings to be held this summer." Former Deputy Attorney General Jamie S. Gorelick said that the group "was 'taken aback' by the extent of FBI failures..., including the FBI's scrapping of an expensive computer upgrade and its continued difficulty hiring qualified intelligence analysts."


Eggen, Dan. "FBI Misused Secret Wiretaps, According to Memo." Washington Post, 10 Oct. 2002, A14. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to an internal FBI memorandum obtained by Rep. William D. Delehunt (D-MA), the "FBI illegally videotaped suspects, improperly recorded telephone calls and intercepted e-mails without court permission in more than a dozen secret terrorism and intelligence investigations.... The errors in the first three months of 2000 were considered so egregious that FBI officials in Washington launched a wholesale review of the agency's use of secret wiretaps and searches."

[FBI/02 & DomSec/00s]

Eggen, Dan. "FBI Papers Indicate Intelligence Violations: Secret Surveillance Lacked Oversight." Washington Post, 24 Oct. 2005, A1. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to heavily censored documents provided to the Washington Post by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, which acquired them through an FOIA lawsuit, "[t]he FBI has conducted clandestine surveillance on some U.S. residents ... without proper paperwork or oversight." However, FBI officials argued "that none of the cases have involved major violations and most amount to administrative errors. The officials also said that any information obtained from improper searches or eavesdropping is quarantined and eventually destroyed."

[FBI/05 & DomSec/00s]

Eggen, Dan. "FBI Picks Another Outsider for Key Post: NSA Official Will Oversee Intelligence." Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2003, A19. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

On 3 April 2003, the FBI announced the appointment of Maureen S. Baginski, currently signals intelligence director at the NSA's Central Security Service, as the bureau's executive assistant director for intelligence. Steven C. McCraw was named to head the FBI's Office of Intelligence under Baginski. McCraw is a 20-year FBI veteran and currently heads the San Antonio field office.


Eggen, Dan. "FBI Reports On Missing Laptops and Weapons." Washington Post, 13 Feb. 2007, A6. [http://www.washingtonpost.com]

According to a report released on 12 February 2007 by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, the FBI had 160 laptop computers lost or stolen from February 2002 to September 2005. At least 10 of these contained sensitive or classified information. In the same timeframe, the Bureau also had 160 missing weapons, including shotguns and submachine guns. "The results are an improvement on findings in a similar audit in 2002, which reported that 354 weapons and 317 laptops were lost or stolen at the FBI over about two years."


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