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[infowar.de] FBI wird neu strukturiert
Das FBI wird nach einem Bericht der Washington Post neu strukturiert,
wobei "Cybercrime" (was darunter genau auch immer fallen mag) eine von
vier Hauptabteilungen wird.
Counterterrorism, Cybercrime Are Focus of FBI's Overhaul
Mueller to Be More Involved in Day-to-Day Operations
By Susan Schmidt
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, December 4, 2001; Page A16
FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III yesterday unveiled an overhaul of the
bureau's top management that places more emphasis on counterterrorism
and cybercrime and puts him on the front line of operations.
Mueller named four assistants who will oversee branches of the
27,000-person FBI and report to him directly, and decided he will do
without a deputy for now.
"I need to be fully engaged in the day-to-day running of the bureau," he
told reporters. "This is an organizational structure I can work with."
The overhaul is intended to deal with the exigencies of a post-Sept. 11
world and improve systems that allowed a string of recent
embarrassments. They include a Soviet spy within the top ranks of the
FBI's counterintelligence division and the failure to turn over
thousands of pages of documents to lawyers for Oklahoma City bomber
Mueller said he will reorganize a dozen existing divisions into four
major branches: criminal investigations, counterterrorism and
counterintelligence, law enforcement services and administration. Two
units -- for cybercrime and internal security -- will be created.
"When it comes to bringing the bureau into the 21st century, I've got to
be on top of it or it ain't going to happen," Mueller said of efforts to
upgrade computer capabilities and investigate cybercrime. It is the
"digital marketplace" where the threats of the future will come -- to
"power stations, electric grids, financial systems," he said.
Ruben Garcia, an assistant director of the bureau since 1998, will
oversee the criminal investigation section, with its new cybercrime
Internal security, too, needs drastic upgrading, Mueller said. "Security
in the bureau has been a stepchild of other divisions," he said,
acknowledging the bureau's failure to root out Robert P. Hanssen, a
longtime Soviet spy who operated freely in the FBI's counterintelligence
New anti-terror legislation permits more information-sharing between
criminal law enforcement and intelligence-gathering agencies. Mueller
said he is creating an intelligence office that will work with other
Dale Watson, the FBI's current head of counterterrorism, will take
charge of the new counterterrorism and foreign counterintelligence
branch -- bringing agents in those two divisions into a closer working
The director stressed that yesterday's announcement was the first part
of a reorganization that will include the phasing out or downgrading of
some FBI functions.
While he said it is premature to detail bureau activities that will be
cut back or eliminated, he mentioned that bank robberies and narcotics
investigations are clearly missions the FBI is rethinking. Mueller noted
that both are also handled by local officials or other federal agencies.
Those changes, Mueller said, won't be made until early next year. He
said he expects they will be preceded by public discussion and
The changes were greeted enthusiastically by the Democrat who heads the
Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), a frequent
critic of the FBI during the past year's scandals.
"Less than three months after taking office and in the midst of the
greatest terrorist challenge the FBI has ever faced, Director Mueller
has devised a dynamic plan to put the bureau back on the right track,"
But another FBI antagonist, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), said he
is concerned the bureau, in a search for headlines, is trampling over
turf covered by other agencies.
"I'm concerned that the bureau is creating an entirely new cybercrime
division when we already have two agencies -- the Secret Service and
U.S. Customs Service -- who devote significant resources to these kinds
of high-tech crimes," Grassley said.
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