From: Otis Willie
Subject: Report: FBI Director Demands Change in Agency
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 16:42:26 EST
Date: Mon, 02 Dec 2002 21:42:26 GMT
Report: FBI Director Demands Change in Agency
(EXCERPT) Mon Dec 2, 7:52 AM ET
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - As the FBI (news - web sites) faces mounting
pressure to shore up its counterterrorism efforts, the agency's
director said in a strongly worded internal memo that the FBI is in
need of change, The New York Times reported on Monday.
"Change will be needed in many areas and needed quickly," FBI Director
Robert Mueller wrote in a Friday memo to his agents, the newspaper
reported. "Bureaucratic intransigence cannot be an impediment or
The FBI has faced strong criticism since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks
on the United States and is shifting its focus from solving crimes to
attempting to prevent terrorism attacks before they happen.
Mueller wrote that the bureau must make areas it identifies as needing
change a priority, bring in senior executives to complete the task and
ensure accountability, the Times said.
Mueller said in the memo that the agency faces "a level of new
expectations unprecedented in its history," but that he was sure it
was up to the task, the Times reported.
The memo followed a recent e-mail by the FBI's deputy director telling
field agents that fighting terrorism is the agency's top priority.
A senior Justice Department (news - web sites) official told the Times
that there clearly was room for improvement in the FBI's
counterterrorism work, but that "there's been a huge sea change in how
the FBI is operating in the last year," with several suspected
terrorist cells around the country disrupted.
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