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Leahy, Grassley Ready To Introduce FBI Oversight Legislation
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Posted on 02/28/2002 11:26:13 AM PST by Asmodeus

Thu Feb 28, 2002
Leahy, Grassley ready to introduce FBI oversight legislation
By JE esse J. Holland, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON - Two senators are pushing a plan to improve monitoring of the FBI, including a provision to let Justice Department investigators independently look at the agency and to protect whistle-blowers.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Sen. Charles Grassley (news), R-Iowa, plan to announce their ideas Thursday. They will say they intend to introduce a legislation to make clear that the Justice Department's inspector general has jurisdiction over the FBI.

Grassley and Leahy's representatives would not talk Wednesday about the proposed legislation.

Last year, however, after a series of FBI oversight hearings in the Judiciary Committee, the senators said they would introduce the measure. They said their legislation would guarantee in law inspector general's authority, even though Attorney General John Ashcroft made the same move administratively.

In the past, the inspector general could investigate the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration only when ordered to do so by the attorney general or his deputy. Ashcroft gave the inspector general authority in July to investigate problems at the FBI without his permission.

"We should not leave matters in a position where the inspector general's important role in performing FBI oversight could once again be frustrated by the stroke of a pen by a future attorney general," Leahy said in July.

The FBI has been under fire for what critics have called a cover-up-the-mistakes mentality and a series of missteps going back over the years. Among more recent problems are the loss of weapons and computers; failure to provide thousands of documents to lawyers for Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh; discovery of a spy, Robert Hanssen, at the heart of the bureau; the Branch Davidian and Ruby Ridge standoffs; and the botched investigation of former nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee.

Leahy's committee plans additional FBI oversight hearings this year, some to include questions about why America's intelligence agencies were not more prepared for the terror attacks of Sept. 11.

The bill also will increase the protection of FBI whistle-blowers, Grassley said Wednesday.

FBI "agents who blow the whistle about problems or wrongdoing didn't have the same protection as others in government," Grassley said in a speech at the National Whistleblower Center.

"We're going to fix that with FBI reform bill that Senator Leahy and I will be introducing."

Grassley has long been an advocate of whistle-blowers and their protection. The Justice Department inspector general last year began an investigation of allegations of retaliation against agents assigned to look into the bureau's handling of the 1992 standoff with white separatists in Ruby Ridge, Idaho.

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1 posted on 02/28/2002 11:26:13 AM PST by Asmodeus
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To: Asmodeus;Travis McGee
Make it B.A.T.F. oversight legislation.
2 posted on 02/28/2002 11:29:50 AM PST by First_Salute
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To: Asmodeus
So.... who's going to oversee leaky Leahy?
3 posted on 02/28/2002 11:32:11 AM PST by piasa
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To: Asmodeus
He needs to spend his time getting judicial nominations taken care of.
4 posted on 02/28/2002 11:35:45 AM PST by anniegetyourgun
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To: piasa
LOL - beat me to it. "LEAKY" Leahy. Have anything you want to show to the press, Senator?
5 posted on 02/28/2002 11:37:40 AM PST by 4CJ
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To: Asmodeus
6 posted on 02/28/2002 11:39:52 AM PST by Donald Stone
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To: Asmodeus
If this is really what Leahy and Grassley SAY it is, then I back it.

And please add the BATF to it as well.

7 posted on 02/28/2002 11:40:30 AM PST by Dan from Michigan
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To: Asmodeus
Hopefully check out the coruption in the Boston office as well....innocent people jailed, criminals protected...
10 posted on 02/28/2002 11:47:55 AM PST by RJCogburn
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To: Asmodeus; OKCSubmariner; ntrulock; Gary Aldrich; rdavis84; mancini; thinden
Is this a good thing, or another layer of window dressing/bureaucracy?
11 posted on 02/28/2002 11:51:05 AM PST by Fred Mertz
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To: Fred Mertz
"The FBI has been under fire for what critics have called a cover-up-the-mistakes mentality and a series of missteps going back over the years"

It's almost humorous. Their method of "Cover-up the Mistakes" WE call incineration or burial or murder.

Guess there's a major gap in terminology between the elite maggots in the Congress and FBI and us Normal Folks.

12 posted on 02/28/2002 11:59:58 AM PST by rdavis84
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To: piasa
I hate them ALL! I am so sick of this crap!
13 posted on 02/28/2002 12:06:00 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Fred Mertz,Ronneil,Gary Aldrich,ratcat,lawdog,archy,rdavis84,aristeides,Cicero,Uncle Bill
If after the legislation is passed, FBI agents will be able to come forward and tell what they know publicly to Congress and before courts about past FBI/DOJ operations and conduct (not just ones in the future)then it has the potential of being for the good.

However, expect Bush to come out asking the Congressional hearings with Whistleblowing FBI agents to be held behind closed doors like he just did for the 9/11 failure hearings. Also I would expect Bush might veto the Grassley legislation

14 posted on 02/28/2002 12:06:25 PM PST by OKCSubmariner
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To: Fred Mertz
Is this a concept for a new sitcom?
15 posted on 02/28/2002 12:09:07 PM PST by mancini
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To: OKCSubmariner
Grassley has worked to protect government whistleblowers for years. As for co-signing a bill to improve the FBI, let's face it, this is needed. After 8 years of Clinton corruption, which infected even the FBI, along with every other government agency, this is long over-due. We know Leahy wouldn't be doing it if he couldn't use it to slam the current administration, but Bush can handle that.

"For Immediate Release
Friday, January 14, 2000
Grassley Comments on Airline Whistle-Blowers

Sen. Chuck Grassley today made the following statement regarding the Clinton Administration's plan to grant airline personnel immunity for reporting operational errors to the Federal Aviation Administration.

"This is a good first step," Grassley said. "But to ensure public safety, Congress needs to enact full whistleblower protection for all airline employees."

Grassley is noted on Capitol Hill for promoting whistle-blower protection legislation and he has a provision in the current FAA Reauthorization Bill in conference between the Senate and House."

16 posted on 02/28/2002 12:41:52 PM PST by YaYa123
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To: OKCSubmariner
But for the best whistleblower story that Grassley got involved in, read this one:

17 posted on 02/28/2002 12:46:16 PM PST by YaYa123
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To: Dan from Michigan
i wouldn't trust Leahy as far as i could throw him, but Grassley is an honorable guy.
18 posted on 02/28/2002 1:41:44 PM PST by xsmommy
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To: OKCSubmariner; Askel5; ratcat
"The FBI has been under fire for what critics have called a cover-up-the-mistakes mentality and a series of missteps going back over the years."

Hmmm, mistakes and missteps. We can only look at history.

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19 posted on 02/28/2002 2:10:14 PM PST by Uncle Bill
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To: YaYa123,lawdog,Ronneil,Uncle Bill,archy,ratcat,golitely,Marianne
YaYa123, do you think Bush will sign or veto the bill if it passes?

I like Grassley am for more whistleblower protection legislation for FBI agents but is Bush?

I have my sincere doubts about what Bush will do. I honestly would appreciate your thoughts on the matter.

20 posted on 02/28/2002 2:26:21 PM PST by OKCSubmariner
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