Is it just me, or does it make one just a tiny bit nervous that FBI Director Robert Mueller, the man who keeps assuring Congress he’s on top of correcting his agency’s recent abuses of the USA Patriot Act, doesn’t even know what the act says?
According to an AP story, Mueller said the following at Senate hearing about national security letters:
“I would give up NSLs for administrative subpoenas…. We do not have an enforcement mechanism for national security letters.”
Oops. Turns out that the FBI actually does have that power already, thanks to the reauthorization of the Patriot Act a year ago.
I really can’t say it better than the first paragraph of the same AP story:
FBI Director Robert Mueller blames poor training and supervision for the bureau’s Patriot Act abuses and promises new training programs. He might want to sign up for the first class himself.
Sara in Philly