Eric Lichtblau

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Lichtblau, Eric. "Judges on Secretive Panel Speak Out on Spy Program." New York Times, 29 Mar. 2006. []

On 28 March 2006, five former judges on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, "including one who resigned in apparent protest over President Bush's domestic eavesdropping, urged Congress ... to give the court a formal role in overseeing the surveillance program.... [S]everal former judges who served on the panel also voiced skepticism .... about the president's constitutional authority to order wiretapping on Americans without a court order."

[FBI/DomSec; Overviews/Legal/FISA/Gen]

Lichtblau, Eric. "Justice Dept. Finds Flaws in F.B.I. Terror List." New York Times, 7 May 2009. []

A report by Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine, released on 6 May 2009, says that the FBI "has incorrectly kept nearly 24,000 people on a terrorist watch list on the basis of outdated or sometimes irrelevant information, while missing people with genuine ties to terrorism who should have been on the list.... By the beginning of 2009, the report said, this consolidated government watch list comprised about 400,000 people, recorded as 1.1 million names and aliases, an exponential growth from the days before the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001."

[FBI/00s/09; Terrorism/00s/09]

Lichtblau, Eric. "Justice Official Opens Spying Inquiry." New York Times, 28 Nov. 2006. []

Justice Department Inspector General Glenn A. Fine said on 27 November 2006 "that his office had opened a full review into the department’s role in President Bush's domestic eavesdropping program and the legal requirements governing the program." The program allows NSA "to monitor, without obtaining court warrants, the international communications of Americans and others inside this country with suspected terrorist ties."


Lichtblau, Eric. "New Guidelines Would Give F.B.I. Broader Powers." New York Times, 21 Aug. 2008. []

"[F]our Democratic senators told Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey in a letter on [20 August 2008] that they were troubled by what they heard" about a Justice Department plan that "would loosen restrictions" on the FBI "to allow agents to open a national security or criminal investigation against someone without any clear basis for suspicion.... The Justice Department said ... that in light of requests from members of Congress for more information," Mukasey "would agree not to sign the new guidelines before a Sept. 17 Congressional hearing."

[FBI/00s/08 & DomSec/00s; Terrorism/00s/08]

Lichtblau, Eric. "Nominee Is Hard Charger on Legal War on Terror." New York Times, 12 Jan. 2005. []

For nearly two years after the 9/11 attacks, Michael Chertoff "was the Bush administration's point man" in the U.S. campaign against terrorism. He "now takes on a new and equally daunting challenge as President Bush's selection to lead" the DHS.


Lichtblau, Eric. "Pentagon Analyst Admits Sharing Secret Data." New York Times, 6 Oct. 2005. []

On 5 October 2005, former senior Defense Department analyst Lawrence A. Franklin "pleaded guilty in federal court" in Alexandria, Virginia, "to three criminal counts for improperly retaining and disclosing classified information.... The offenses carry a maximum of 25 years in prison, but as part of a plea agreement, prosecutors are expected to recommend leniency" in return for Franklin's "cooperation in a continuing investigation in the January trial of ... Steven J. Rosen and Keith Weissman," former lobbyists for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.


Lichtblau, Eric. "Report Finds Cover-Up in an F.B.I. Terror Case." New York Times, 4 Dec. 2005. []

According to a draft report of an investigation by the Justice Department inspector general's office, dated 15 November 2005, FBI officials "mishandled a Florida terror investigation, falsified documents in the case in an effort to cover repeated missteps and retaliated against an agent who first complained about the problems."


Lichtblau, Eric. "Role of Telecom Firms in Wiretaps Is Confirmed." New York Times, 24 Aug. 2007. []

In an interview given on 14 August 2007 by DNI Mike McConnell to the El Paso Times, "[t]he Bush administration ... confirmed for the first time that American telecommunications companies played a crucial role" in NSA's domestic eavesdropping program. McConnell said it is vital "for Congress to give retroactive legal immunity to the companies that assisted in the program to help prevent them from facing bankruptcy because of lawsuits over it."


Lichtblau, Eric. "Senate Approves Bill to Broaden Wiretap Powers." New York Times, 10 Jul. 2008. []

"The Senate gave final approval on [9 July 2008] to a major expansion of the government's surveillance powers.... The measure, approved by a vote of 69 to 28,... includes ... legal immunity for the phone companies that cooperated in the National Security Agency wiretapping program [President Bush] approved after the Sept. 11 attacks.... [Bush] promised to sign the measure into law quickly....

"The measure gives the executive branch broader latitude in eavesdropping on people abroad and at home who it believes are tied to terrorism, and it reduces the role of [the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court] in overseeing some operations.... The legislation also expands the government's power to invoke emergency wiretapping procedures. While the N.S.A. would be allowed to seek court orders for broad groups of foreign targets, the law creates a new seven-day period for directing wiretaps at foreigners without a court order in 'exigent' circumstances if government officials assert that important national security information would be lost. The law also expands to seven days, from three, the period for emergency wiretaps on Americans without a court order if the attorney general certifies there is probable cause to believe the target is linked to terrorism."

[FBI/DomSec/00s; NSA/00s/08; Overviews/Legal/FISA/FISC; Terrorism/00s/08]

Lichtblau, Eric. "Special Counsel Is Named to Head Inquiry on C.I.A. Leak." New York Times, 31 Dec. 2003. []

On 30 December 2003, "Attorney General John Ashcroft disqualified himself ... from any involvement in the investigation into whether Bush administration officials illegally disclosed the identity of an undercover C.I.A. officer." Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, Jr., will now oversee the investigation. Comey's "first decision in that role was to name Patrick J. Fitzgerald," the U.S. attorney in Chicago, as a "special counsel" to direct the investigation.


Lichtblau, Eric. "Terror Plan Would Give F.B.I. More Power." New York Times, 13 Sep. 2008. []

On 12 September 2008, the Justice Department announced "a plan to expand the tools the Federal Bureau of Investigation can use to investigate suspicions of terrorism inside the United States, even without any direct evidence of wrongdoing.... Under existing guidelines, F.B.I. agents cannot use certain investigative tools in conducting so-called threat assessments as a precursor to a preliminary or full inquiry. The revisions would allow agents to conduct public surveillance of someone, do 'pretext' interviews -- pose as someone other than an agent or disguise the purpose of the questions -- or send in an undercover source to gather information."

[FBI/00s/08 & DomSec/00s; Terrorism/00s/08]

Lichtblau, Eric. "U.S. Says Jailed C.I.A. Mole [sic] Kept Spying for Russia." New York Times, 30 Jan. 2009. []


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