Mueller “Finesse” Led 9/11 Panel To Back FBI

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Despite severe criticism for missteps before the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the FBI is getting good reviews for reforms undertaken by Director Robert Mueller, reports the Associated Press. “We think he’s doing exactly the right thing,” said Thomas Kean, 9/11 commission chairman and a former Republican governor of New Jersey. In a major victory for the FBI and Justice Department, the commission came down firmly against creation of a new, separate domestic intelligence agency and opted instead to send a “stay the course” message of support for Mueller.

Of the 10 missed “operational opportunities” identified by the commission to potentially disrupt the plot, at least three fell squarely on the FBI. “It is mystifying that the commissioners didn’t take this on,” said Michael Greenberger, a University of Maryland law professor and former Justice Department counterterrorism official in the Clinton administration. “Mueller has been responsive to the things they were interested in. He has managed to finesse the situation.”

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