Federal Bureau of Investigation (Part III), Hearing Before the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Tenth Congress, Second Session, September 16, 2008   [open pdf - 9MB]

From John Conyers' opening statement: "The Federal Bureau of Investigation is the anchor of our Nation's Federal law enforcement and has the important responsibility of not only combating crime, conducting surveillance, initiating investigations but now have the responsibility of dealing with the issue of terrorism on top of all their other existing duties. We appreciate the Bureau's efforts to get us answers on our letters, particularly the September 5 letter. Director Mueller, we are trying to get a proposed copy of the Attorney General FBI guidelines. We are trying to identify what specific safeguards will prevent improper undercover FBI spying against domestic groups and citizens, abusive investigation techniques like pretext interviews; and improper racial and ethnic profiling. I would also like a statement as to whether the guidelines of former Attorney General Edward Levy to protect against improper invasions of privacy were rescinded by former Attorney General Ashcroft and, if they were, will they be reinstated? We have numerous questions on the anthrax issue, and we need an explanation of the improper collection of reporters' phone records and what disciplinary action will be taken for the FBI's improper collection of reporters' phone records and abuses, particularly concerning exigent letters and national security letters. And, finally, we need to know how many FBI agents were devoted to mortgage fraud issues before and after a top FBI official warned about this problem back in 2004. Included in that is, of course, an explanation of why fewer resources were devoted to mortgage fraud after the 2004 warnings." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: John Conyers Jr., Lamar Smith, Jerrold Nadler, Robert C. "Bobby" Scott, Louis Gohmert, and Robert S. Mueller, III.

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