Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, United States Senate, One Hundred Tenth Congress, First Session, March 27, 2007 [open pdf - 7MB]
From the opening statement of Patrick J. Leahy: "Almost 6 years after the September 11th attacks, it troubles all of us that the FBI has not yet lived up to its promise to be the world-class domestic intelligence agency the American people expect and need it to be. This morning we learn from a report in the Washington Post that the FBI has repeatedly submitted inaccurate information to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court in its efforts to obtain secret warrants in terrorism and espionage cases, severely undermining the government's credibility in the eyes of the Chief Judge of that court. When I read that last night online, they were talking about even considering making people who sent these reports in come in and appear under oath. That is a very problematical thing, and it bothers me very much. But from the FBI's illegal and improper use of National Security Letters, to the Bureau's failure to be accountable for securing its own computers and weapons, to the politically motivated dismissal of eight of the Nation's U.S. Attorneys, there are growing concerns about the competence of the FBI and the independence of the Department of Justice. This pattern of abuse of authority and mismanagement causes me and many others on both sides of the aisle to wonder whether the FBI and Department of Justice have been faithful trustees of the great trust that the Congress and American people have placed in them to keep our Nation safe, while respecting the privacy rights and civil liberties of all Americans." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Edward M. Kennedy; Patrick J. Leahy; Arlen Specter; Robert S. Mueller, III; Thomas E. Bush, III; William E. Moschella; Charles E. Grassley; and John Solomon.
S. Hrg. 110-881; Senate Hearing 110-881; Serial No. J-110-23
Government Printing Office, Congressional Hearings: http://www.gpoaccess.gov/chearings/index.html