National Counterterrorism Head Michael Leiter Resigns, Undermining Claimed Rationale for Mueller Extension

By: Friday June 10, 2011 8:55 am

National Counterterrorism Center head Michael Leiter resigned yesterday. After all, we spent most of Wednesday morning, during Robert Mueller’s confirmation hearing for an unusual two-year extension, talking about the importance of continuity


The Circumstantial Case against Bruce Ivins Gets Weaker

By: Wednesday May 25, 2011 5:51 pm

The whole case depends on the FBI’s contention that a flask Ivins had–RMR-1029–was “the murder weapon.” But in fact, the FBI only has proof that Ivins had what might be one of eight or more potential precursors to the murder weapon. Their efforts to equate the two ignore some interim steps about which they seem to have little evidence (and what they have they’re not examining very closely).

Obama Seeks Two-Year Extension for FBI Director Mueller

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 11:45 am

President Obama announced that he would prefer FBI Director Robert Mueller to stay on for an additional two years beyond the 10-year term he has already served. Mueller, who became director of the FBI one week before 9-11, would see his term otherwise expire September 4.

Time’s Mueller Story Reveals Troubling Details of US Approach to Domestic Terror Threats

By: Friday April 29, 2011 12:30 pm

By showing the parallel pursuit of two suspects, Time reveals something disturbing about our country’s pursuit of terrorists. While the President gets briefed on suspected Islamic terrorists, he doesn’t get briefed on suspected right wing terrorists.

NY Police Chief Ray Kelly, Who Fought US-Based Terror Trials, Is Possible Next FBI Director

By: Thursday April 7, 2011 2:50 pm

If so, and Kelly is indeed nominated, this is a contemptible plan.

Confirmed: Our Government Has Criminalized Beauty Products

By: Thursday February 17, 2011 5:50 pm

A year and a half ago, I warned that if you bought certain beauty supplies — hydrogen peroxide and acetone — you might be a terrorism suspect. Shortly thereafter, John Kyl basically confirmed that the government had been tracking certain people buying hydrogen peroxide. Yesterday, FBI Director Robert Mueller did so in even more explicit terms.

Federal Complaint Filed Against Jared Lee Loughner

By: Sunday January 9, 2011 1:50 pm

COMPLAINT United States District Court DISTRICT OF ARIZONA United States of America v JARED LEE LOUGHNER DOB: xx/xx/1988; United States Citizen DOCKET NO. MAGISTRATE’S CASE NO. 11-0035M Complaint for violation of Title 18 United States Code 351(c); Title 18 United States Code 1114 and 1111; and Title 18 United States Code 1114 and 1113 COMPLAINTANT’S [...]

LIVEBLOG: Press Conference With Sheriff Dupnik and FBI Director Robert Mueller

By: Sunday January 9, 2011 10:08 am

Dupnik: “I think that when the rhetoric about hatred, about mistrust of government, about paranoia of how government operates, and to try to inflame the public on a daily basis 24 hours a day, 7 days a week has an impact especially on people who are unbalanced personalities to begin with.”

Six FBI Reports Treat Merton Center Anti-War Activism as Terrorism

By: Thursday September 23, 2010 12:30 pm

The Treasury Department has released its latest set of HAMP data for August, and the program is winding down with very few new trial modifications, and less in the system.

If, When Democrats Keep House, Conyers Should Remind Holder About Import of Oversight

By: Tuesday September 21, 2010 6:10 am

Would that the Attorney General cared more about that rule of law than chumming up to the opposition party.

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