Eric Lichtblau

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Lichtblau, Eric. "Debate and Protest at Spy Program's Inception." New York Times, 30 Mar. 2008. []

"This article is adapted from the book 'Bush's Law: The Remaking of American Justice,' by Eric Lichtblau, which is being released [on 1 April 2008] by Pantheon Books." According to current and former government officials, NSA's "eavesdropping program sparked heated legal concerns and silent protests inside the Bush administration within hours of its adoption in October 2001."


Lichtblau, Eric. "Error Gave F.B.I. Unauthorized Access to E-Mail." New York Times, 17 Feb. 2008. []

According to an internal report, a "technical glitch" in 2006 gave the FBI "access to the e-mail messages from an entire computer network -- perhaps hundreds of accounts or more -- instead of simply the lone e-mail address that was approved" by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court "as part of a national security investigation.... The records were ultimately destroyed, officials said."


Lichtblau, Eric. "F.B.I. Agent Pleads Guilty in Deal in Chinese Spy Case." New York Times, 13 May 2004. []

On 12 May 2004, James J Smith, former senior FBI agent accused of having an affair with suspected Chinese double agent Katrina Leung, pled guilty to a charge of falsely concealing that affair from the Bureau. As part of the plea agreement, Federal prosecutors dropped two counts of gross negligence in handling of national security documents. Smith will probably avoid prison time.


Lichtblau, Eric. "F.B.I. Faces New Setback in Computer Overhaul." New York Times, 18 Mar. 2010. []

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."


Lichtblau, Eric. "F.B.I. Informant Is Charged with Copying Secret Papers." New York Times, 9 May 2003. []


Lichtblau, Eric. "F.B.I. Is Reshaping Itself but Stretched Thin, Reports Say." New York Times, 19 Jun. 2003. []

Separate studies by the General Accounting Office and the National Academy of Public Administration have concluded that the FBI "has made strong progress in reinventing itself since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but doubts remain over its ability to balance terrorism investigations with its traditional crime-fighting duties." Together, the reports represent "the most comprehensive progress report to date" on the FBI's "efforts to remake itself into a front line of defense against terrorism."


Lichtblau, Eric. "F.B.I. Never Gave Agent in Spy Case a Polygraph." New York Times, 11 Apr. 2003. []


Lichtblau, Eric. "F.B.I. Picks Chief for New National Security Unit." New York Times, 13 Aug. 2005. []

On 12 August 2005, the FBI named Gary M. Bald, currently chief of the FBI's counterterrorism division, to lead its newly created division on national security. Philip Mudd, currently the deputy of the CIA's counterterrorism center, will be Bald's deputy.


Lichtblau, Eric. "F.B.I. Said to Lag on Translations of Terror Tapes." New York Times, 28 Sep. 2004. []

The summary of a Justice Department investigation, released on 27 September 2004 by FBI Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, says that "more than 120,000 hours of potentially valuable terrorism-related recordings have not yet been translated by linguists" at the FBI. In addition, "computer problems may have led the bureau to systematically erase some Qaeda recordings."


Lichtblau, Eric. "F.B.I.'s Translation Backlog Grows." New York Times, 28 Jul. 2005. []

On 27 July 2005, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the FBI's "backlog of untranslated terrorism intelligence doubled last year, and the time it takes the bureau to hire translators has grown longer."


Lichtblau, Eric. "F.B.I. Was Told Years Ago of Possible Double Agent." New York Times, 12 Apr. 2003. []

According to current and former officials, senior FBI officials were told as early as 1991 that Katrina Leung "appeared to be spying for the Chinese, but they continued using her as an informer nonetheless."


Lichtblau, Eric. "F.B.I. Watched Activist Groups, New Files Show." New York Times, 20 Dec. 2005. []

According to newly available documents, FBI "[c]ounterterrorism agents ... have conducted numerous surveillance and intelligence-gathering operations that involved, at least indirectly, groups active in causes as diverse as the environment, animal cruelty and poverty relief."

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