Louis Freeh - FBI Director 1993-2001

Began term as FBI Director on September 1, 1993 - Nominated by President Clinton

May 2, 2001 - "FBI Director Louis J. Freeh announced yesterday that he will resign in June, ending an eight-year tenure that was marked by ..." Louis Freeh To Resign As Director Of the FBI, Washington Post - FBI Statement on Louis Freeh's resignation - Freeh's 10-year term as FBI director would have expired on Sept. 1 2003.

Keywords:

Carnivore
Clipper Chip - encryption
FBI crime laboratory
Filegate
Fredric Whitehurst
Janet Reno
Larry Potts - Ruby Ridge, Waco
Montana Freemen
Richard Jewell - Atlanta Olympic bombing
Robert P. Hanssen
Timothy McVeigh - Oklahoma City bombing
TWA Flight 800
Unabomber - Theodore Kaczynski
Wen Ho Lee

Background on Louis Freeh

Served as a FBI Agent form 1975-1981 in New York City Field Office. From here he went on to join the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. In 1991, he was appointed as a US District Court Judge for the Southern District in NY. This led to his nomination by President Clinton to the new FBI Director on July 20, 1993. The Senate confirmed him on August 6, 1993. Wife's name: wife, Marilyn, and 6 sons, who "now range from age three to sixteen".

Louis Freeh was born on January 6, 1950 with the Sun in the authoritative, bureaucratically-savvy sign of Capricorn (at 10:30 am in Jersey City, NJ according to his birth certificate). Freeh’s stern demeanor and business-like approach to managing the FBI is strengthened by Saturn’s prominence in his chart (conjunct the Descendant, trine the Sun). NewsScope for September 6, 1999

Born January 6, 1950, in Jersey City, NJ Federal Judicial Service: U. S. District Court, Southern District of New York Nominated by George Bush on April 9, 1991, to a seat vacated by Richard J. Daronco; Confirmed by the Senate on May 24, 1991, and received commission on May 30, 1991. Service terminated on August 31, 1993, due to resignation. Education: Rutgers College, B.A., 1971 Rutgers University School of Law, J.D., 1974 New York University School of Law, LL.M., 1984 Freeh, Louis J. With a mortgage exceeding $400,000 and a salary as FBI director of $141,300, Freeh recently quipped that he asks his wife, Marilyn, each week whether he has permission to return to work at the bureau. FBI Chief Freeh Said Looking for New Job Reuters News Service April 4, 2000

" We are potentially the most dangerous agency in the country. " FBI Director Louis Freeh, to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, 1997 Democracy and Society

Freeh has also faced criticism from within. Friends and foes alike say his mid-1990s house-cleaning at FBI headquarters went too far, with nearly 50 top-level posts eliminated and some 600 supervisory agents reassigned to the field. The drastic streamlining instilled a fear that may have prevented bad news - possibly including the use of pyrotechnic devices at Waco - from reaching the top, says Oliver Revell of Dallas, a former FBI official. Turf wars ensnare plain-talking FBI chief

Is Louis Freeh a member of the Catholic Opus Die" ... "When asked for confirmation, Freeh declined to respond, having an FBI special agent reply in his stead." Direct Submission, Robert Hutchison ... "He looked like an altar boy." Robert Hanssen, the FBI agent accused of spying for Russia, was known to those close to him as a particularly devout Catholic who, like FBI Director Louis Freeh, is a member of the shadowy order Opus Dei. Holy Weblog! The FBI official accused of spying for Russia is a member of Opus Dei. So, reportedly, is the bureau's director. Is this just a coincidence? The Work, the FBI and a habit of silence ... opusdei.org ... Opus Dei - The Unofficial Homepage ... according to Brian Finnerty [newyork@opusdei.org] the answer is No.

In a recent success, a beaming Freeh stepped to a podium here to announce the capture of James Kopp, a 46-year-old wanted in connection with the 1998 slaying of an abortion-providing doctor from Buffalo, N.Y. FBI director Louis Freeh retiring By KAREN GULLO, Associated Press

Freeh, who is set to leave the bureau next month after announcing his resignation on May 1, said one of the biggest areas of concern at the FBI was the large number of young, inexperienced agents. He said 41 percent of current FBI special agents had less than six years' experience and they frequently handled the most complex cases. FBI's Freeh Admits Agency Has 'Culture' Problem

FBI Director Freeh Calls Gore A “Very Active, Sophisticated Fundraiser, Who Knew Exactly What He Was Doing.” Many Career Law Enforcement Officials Thought Gore “Lied” To Investigators

Timeline: The FBI under Freeh [cnn]
Freeh's legacy: Globalizing FBI
Louis Freeh & The Creeping Police State
FBI Director Louis Freeh The untouchable, Slate, Sept. 22, 2000

Constitutional Rights

I do not support broad and undefined intelligence collection efforts -- but law enforcement has to know something about those individuals and groups advocating deadly violence in the furtherance of their causes. The first rule of self-defense is to know the enemy who intends to destroy you. Intelligence serves a very useful purpose and helps to protect the American people. It should not be considered a "dirty word." I do not want my remarks to be interpreted as advocating investigative activity against groups exercising their legitimate constitutional rights or targeting people who disagree with our government. The FBI is entirely comfortable with the constitution, due process rights, congressional oversight, legal process, and the American jury system. They each protect the American people and the FBI. Opening Statement Of Louis J. Freeh before the house committee on the judiciary subcommittee on crime, May 3, 1995

"Anarchists and extremist socialist groups -- many of which, such as the Workers' World Party, Reclaim the Streets, and Carnival Against Capitalism -- have an international presence and, at times, also represent a potential threat in the United States. For example, anarchists, operating individually and in groups, caused much of the damage during the 1999 World Trade Organization ministerial meeting in Seattle." - louis j. freeh, may 10, 2001 [Source: http://www.fbi.gov/congress/congress01/freeh051001.htm]

Reclaim the Streets and Anarchists? Don't they have "legitimate constitutional rights" too? Does Louis Freeh really think that Reclaim the Streets is a terrorist ogranization - they certainly are not "advocating deadly violence" - they how do they "represent a potential threat in the United States" ?

Freeh and encryption

SEN. GREGG: Have you given up on encryption?
MR. FREEH: I have not given up on encryption.
February 4, 1999 - testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee chaired by Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH)

FBI Director Louis Freeh’s remarks fueled the other encryption controversy. Appearing before a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 3, Freeh called for mandatory controls on domestic encryption. His far-reaching proposal would require all encryption products to include a feature allowing government decoding. Encryption Struggle Expands

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Larry Potts

Despite the fact that Freeh's pal Larry A. Potts was immersed in controversy for mishandling the standoff at Ruby Ridge, where an FBI agent killed an unarmed woman, Freeh promoted Potts to deputy FBI director. When Eugene F. Glenn, head of the FBI's field office in Salt Lake City, complained that the bureau's inquiry into the Ruby Ridge case amounted to a coverup, Freeh's general counsel, Howard M. Shapiro, responded that to raise such charges was "absolutely irresponsible and destructive to the FBI." That was the mentality that pervaded the bureau under J. Edgar Hoover.FBI Director Louis Freeh Should Find Another Job ....Feb.28.2001 Fire Freeh By Ronald Kessler Page A23 Washington Post

In pressing for Mr. Potts's appointment as Deputy Director, I was not trying to minimize or downplay the significance of the punishment that I had imposed upon him. I did not appoint him Deputy Director simply because he is a friend. ... Looking back, I recognize that I was not sufficiently sensitive to the appearance created by my decision to discipline and then promote Mr. Potts. Thus, I made a mistake in promoting Mr. Potts. I take full responsibility for that decision and I alone should be held accountable for it. -The Promotion of Larry Potts, Freeh's Opening Statement of 10/19/95, before the Committee on the Judiciary, US Senate

``I believe that Mr. Potts is unable to effectively perform his duties as deputy director due to controversy surrounding the Ruby Ridge matter,'' Freeh said in a terse, three-paragraph statement. Potts Canned over Ruby Ridge

Media

Freeh was a beacon in the swamp that was the Clinton administration. Unlike that president's other appointees, Freeh performed his job fearlessly in the face of determined political opposition. He took office while the agency was reeling from its errors in the 1993 Ruby Ridge shootout and the 1994 assault on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. Coming off the federal bench in New York, Freeh - a former FBI agent - worked mightily to restore public confidence in the bureau. On his watch, the agency cracked both the Unabomer and Oklahoma City bombing cases. Most important: Freeh refused to be cowed by the efforts of President Clinton and Attorney General Janet Reno to blatantly politicize the Justice Department. He confronted Reno over her stifling of criminal probes into Clinton-Gore fundraising scandals - including what he rightly called "compelling" evidence of Vice President Al Gore's "active, sophisticated" involvement in those schemes. NY Post, May 3, 2001

8. GROSS FBI MISMANAGEMENT (William Sessions replacement with Louis Freeh - 1993) Janet Reno fired William Sessions and replaced him with Louis Freeh on July 19, 1993, the day before the body of Vince Foster was found in Fort Marcy Park, Under Freeh, the FBI has entered the most incompetent, unaccountable period in its history as shown by these facts: - Louis Freeh promoted his close friend Larry Potts despite the assistant FBI director's responsibility for both the disastrous Waco and Ruby Ridge sieges - Freeh's FBI illegally gave Clinton Administration personnel over 900 files, including those on political adversaries. Freeh's FBI General Counsel, Howard Shapriro, even briefed White House counsel Jack Quinn on the information Freeh ordered agents to illegally read Richard Jewell his miranda rights while Jewell was cooperating to film a training video. The order was issued by phone over the unanimous protest of all involved Atlanta FBI agents - Freeh's FBI failed to process criminal background checks on citizenship applications resulting in over 70,000 criminals being granted U.S. citizenship in time for the 1996 elections - Freeh's FBI has been cited along with the ATF by 13,500 Oklahomans who were granted a new grand jury investigation into the alleged government cover-up involving the Oklahoma City bombing - Freeh's FBI crime labs were accused by agent Fredric Whitehurst of tainting evidence in high profile cases including the Oklahoma City bombing case - Freeh's FBI agents interrogated agent Gary Aldrich about his book, Unlimited Access, as well as agent Dennis Sculimbrene about his Craig Livingstone background inquiry that linked the Livingstone hiring to Hillary Clinton. SUMMARY OF IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JANET RENO by Tami Kay Freedman

In case after case throughout the 1990's, the FBI seems to have tailored its investigative efforts to fit somebody's pre-arranged script. The question is, who wrote that script -- and why? If his agency was politicized by the Clinton administration to the extent that he couldn't do his job, Mr. Freeh needs to say so -- and explain in detail immediately. Judicial Watch Calls for Independent Probe of FBI

The Case against Louis Freeh By Howard Gleckman ... The FBI director has bungled one job after another, from Waco to Wen Ho Lee, while his office leaks memos and misleads investigators - Gleckman is a senior correspondent in Business Week's Washington bureau

SHOULD FBI DIRECTOR FREEH RESIGN? Ronald Kessler, a journalist who has written several intelligence books, at least two of them about the FBI, argues that Louis Freeh should resign or be fired over the Hanssen espionage matter. Kessler faults Freeh for a number of things -- not using polygraphs to update FBI agent's security clearances, Ruby Ridge, and for the Richard Jewell and Wen Ho Lee fiascoes. He also claims that Freeh would already be gone except that the Director is very skilled at PR and self promotion. Finally, Kessler says that Freeh is disliked by rank and file FBI agents. Intel "Stuff" Feb. 28th, 2001 - John Macartney

JUDICIAL WATCH REJOICES AT RESIGNATION OF FBI DIRECTOR LOUIS FREEH - Press Release 5/3/2001

The Real Reason FBI Director Louis Freeh Is Resigning by Al Martin


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