Language Deemed Offensive Is Removed From F.B.I. Training Materials

March 29, 2012

The New York Times on March 28, 2012 released the following:

“By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and CHARLIE SAVAGE

WASHINGTON — Training material used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation said agents had the “ability to bend or suspend the law and impinge on freedoms of others,” but that language has now been removed, according to a briefing the bureau recently provided to Congress.

The language suggesting that agents could bend the law was contained in 876 pages of training materials about Muslims and Arab-Americans the F.B.I. deemed to be offensive or inaccurate and removed after a review of about 160,000 pages of such material over the past six months, according to aides present at the briefing.

Also removed was the admonition that agents should never stare at or shake hands with an Asian, and the assertion that Arabs had “Jekyll and Hyde” personalities making them more likely to have “outbursts and loss of control” than even-keeled Westerners.

A description of some of the material deemed inappropriate was contained in a letter sent on Tuesday by Senator Richard J. Durbin, Democrat of Illinois, to the F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III. The letter was first reported by Wired magazine, which last year published similar leaked training materials that prompted the F.B.I.’s broader review.

Michael Kortan, a spokesman for the F.B.I., confirmed the removal of the language suggesting “the ability to bend or suspend the law,” which he described as “inartful.” But — pointing to a set of talking points that apparently accompanied the material — he said the trainers meant that under normal circumstances, agents have the ability to eavesdrop legally on private communications if they obtain wiretap orders from a court.

“I cannot emphasize enough that we disagree with the implication that training attendees, who were analysts, were led to believe that we actually bend or suspend the law or anything like that,” Mr. Kortan said.

In his letter, Mr. Durbin called on Mr. Mueller to provide the Senate Judiciary Committee with copies of the full set of documents and to reassign those officials responsible for the offensive material. “It is unclear that the F.B.I. has taken sufficient steps to undo the damage done by the offensive training materials,” Mr. Durbin said.

Mr. Durbin also wrote that Mr. Mueller told him in December that the F.B.I.’s “training review would identify F.B.I. agents who receive inappropriate training.” In a briefing last Thursday provided to Senate staff members, F.B.I. officials said they had not identified the agents who had seen the materials, according to the letter.

“If the F.B.I. does not identify agents who received inaccurate information and take steps to retrain them, there is a real risk that agents will be operating on false assumptions about Arab-Americans and American Muslims,” Mr. Durbin wrote. “This could harm counterterrorism efforts by leading F.B.I. agents to target individuals based on their religion or ethnicity, rather than suspicion of wrongdoing.”

Last week, the Department of Justice and the F.B.I. posted short memorandums about “guiding principles” for the training materials. The documents said that such materials must be “consistent with the Constitution” and agency values, including by not disparaging groups or individuals based on characteristics like race, religion or national origin.

The memorandums also say that supervisors must assess trainers for professionalism and make sure that they are knowledgeable experts in the topic, and that they should review written materials being used for instruction.

In his letter, Mr. Durbin questioned whether issuing those memorandums constituted sufficient reforms, noting that the action fell short of creating a new curriculum on the topic.

After Wired published its account of F.B.I. counterterrorism materials last year, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. testified before Congress that the documents undermined the government’s “substantial outreach efforts that we have made and really have a negative impact on our ability to communicate effectively.””

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Teresa Carlson Named Special Agent in Charge of the Milwaukee Division

October 19, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on October 19, 2011 released the following:

“Director Robert S. Mueller, III named Teresa L. Carlson special agent in charge of the FBI’s Milwaukee Division. Ms. Carlson most recently served as section chief in the Directorate of Intelligence, which is responsible for collecting, producing, and disseminating actionable intelligence that enables the FBI to identify and counter current and emerging threats.

Ms. Carlson is a 19-year veteran of the FBI. She entered on duty as a special agent and was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where she investigated violent crimes and public corruption matters. Ms. Carlson was a case agent for Operation Silver Shovel, an undercover investigation that involved bribery, drug trafficking, and organized crime activity. It resulted in more than 20 convictions, including elected officials.

She was later promoted to the Inspection Division at FBI Headquarters. Ms. Carlson then transferred to the Birmingham Division, where she served as a supervisor in the white-collar crime program.

After serving in the Birmingham Division, Ms. Carlson was appointed assistant special agent in charge (ASAC) of the white-collar crime and cyber programs in the New York Division. While in this role, she oversaw high-profile investigations and subsequently was in charge of the intelligence program for the division.

She returned to FBI Headquarters after working as ASAC in the New York Division. Ms. Carlson worked in the FBI’s National Security Branch, which is responsible for national security matters, including budget matters and liaison with the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Congress, and the White House.

Ms. Carlson is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University. Prior to her career in the FBI, she did legal research for the Michigan Legislature.”

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Mark A. Morgan Named Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s El Paso Division

October 17, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on October 17, 2011 released the following:

“Director Robert S. Mueller, III has appointed Mark A. Morgan as the special agent in charge of the El Paso Division. Since 2010, he has served as chief of the Strategic Information and Operations Center, Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG).

Mr. Morgan entered on duty as a special agent in 1996 and was assigned to the FBI’s Los Angeles Field Office. While there, he was a member of the Eurasian Organized Crime Task Force, the crisis response squad, and the SWAT team. He is a certified tactical instructor.

In 2002, Mr. Morgan became a supervisory special agent and served as a crisis management coordinator in the Crisis Management Unit in CIRG. In 2005, Mr. Morgan returned to Los Angeles, where he supervised an FBI-led Hispanic gang task force that focused on the emerging presence of two organized and violent transnational gangs in Southern California: Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and 18th Street. While in Los Angeles, he also supervised the critical incident response squad, which has administrative and operational oversight of the division’s critical incident response resources.

Mr. Morgan was selected in 2007 to serve as the assistant section chief of the National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime Branch, where he managed the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Units and the Violent Criminal Apprehension Program. In 2008, he became the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Baghdad, Iraq, where he was responsible for all FBI personnel deployed to Iraq under the auspices of the Counterterrorism Division.

In 2009, he was assigned to the New Haven Field Office as the assistant special agent in charge with responsibilities for the criminal, critical incident response, surveillance, and aviation programs.

Mr. Morgan was an active-duty member and reservist in the U.S. Marine Corps. Before joining the FBI, he served as a deputy sheriff in Platte County, Missouri, and an as an officer in the Los Angeles Police Department. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Central Missouri State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.”

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Robert J. Holley Named Special Agent in Charge of Indianapolis Division

October 17, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation on October 17, 2011 released the following:

“Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Robert J. Holley special agent in charge of the FBI’s Indianapolis Division. Mr. Holley most recently served as a section chief in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters, where he was involved in the management of the FBI’s U.S. based international terrorism investigations.

Mr. Holley began his career as a special agent in 1995, and reported to the Chicago Division after graduation from New Agents Training in Quantico, Virginia.

While in Chicago, he was assigned to investigate domestic and international terrorism matters. He also served as a member of the Chicago Division’s SWAT team and a special agent bomb technician. During his time in the division, he was promoted to supervisory special agent and supervised an international terrorism squad.

In November 2005, Mr. Holley was promoted and assigned to FBI Headquarters as a unit chief in the Counterterrorism Division. He was deployed to Yemen, Iraq, Pakistan, India, Tanzania, and Israel in support of the FBI’s number one priority, counterterrorism.

Mr. Holley transferred back to the Chicago Division, where he served as assistant special agent in charge of the National Security Branch from 2008-2010.

Prior to his FBI career, he served in the U.S. Army as an infantry officer.

Mr. Holley is a native of Indiana. He graduated from Peru High School in 1977, and from Ball State University in 1981. He and his wife Toni have one son, Dakota.”

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Jennifer S. Love Named Assistant Director of the FBI’s Security Division

August 25, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on August 25, 2011 released the following:

“Director Robert S. Mueller, III has named Jennifer S. Love assistant director of the FBI’s Security Division. Ms. Love most recently served as acting assistant director of the FBI’s Inspection Division.

Ms. Love began her career with the FBI as a financial analyst in the St. Louis Division and completed new agents training in Quantico, Virginia in 1987. She started her career as an FBI special agent in the New Orleans Division, then the Chicago Division, and later returned to the New Orleans Division’s Baton Rouge Resident Agency. Ms. Love investigated white-collar crime, violent crime, and civil rights matters.

In 1997, she was appointed as a supervisory special agent in the Office of Professional Responsibility at FBI Headquarters. Ms. Love transferred to the Philadelphia Division in 1999 in a supervisory role, where she led a white-collar crime/computer intrusions squad.

Ms. Love was named assistant special agent in charge in the Baltimore Field Office in 2002. Then in 2005, she returned to Headquarters as section chief in the Counterterrorism Division. She oversaw administrative functions and programs, and later oversaw the Counterterrorism Division’s Communication Exploitation Section.

In 2006, Ms. Love reported to the Washington Field Office as special agent in charge of the Criminal Division. She was appointed as special agent in charge of the Richmond Division in 2008. In 2010, she served as deputy assistant director in the Inspection Division, where she oversaw the Office of Inspections, Inspection Strategic Analysis Section, Internal Investigations Section, and External Audit Section.

Ms. Love is native of Mississippi and holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Jackson State University. Ms. Love worked in the private sector prior to her FBI career.”

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Stephen L. Morris Named Special Agent in Charge of the Houston Division

July 18, 2011

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on July 18, 2011 released the following:

“Director Robert S. Mueller, III named Stephen L. Morris special agent in charge of the FBI’s Houston Division. Mr. Morris most recently served as deputy assistant director in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division since March 2008.

Mr. Morris joined the FBI in 1988 as an administrative file clerk in the Honolulu Division. He completed new agent training in Quantico, Virginia in 1991 and was assigned to the El Paso Division, where he investigated white-collar crimes, violent crimes, and drug cases.

In 1996, he supervised the initiation and implementation of the El Paso criminal intelligence squad. Shortly after, he was promoted as supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters.

While at FBI Headquarters, he supervised the FBI’s domestic and international criminal informant programs in support of violent crime, drug trafficking, white-collar crime, and terrorism investigations. In 1999, he was promoted to the Cincinnati Division as supervisory senior resident agent for the Dayton Resident Agency.

In 2003, he was promoted as assistant special agent in charge in the Houston Division. In this position, he managed the division’s white-collar crime and civil rights programs and directed the administrative and investigative operations conducted by Houston’s six resident agencies.

Mr. Morris was promoted into the Senior Executive Service in 2005 and was designated chief of the Programs Support Section in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division. Additionally, he served as program manager for the FBI’s development of the Law Enforcement National Data Exchange program.

In 2006, he returned to FBI Headquarters and was appointed as chief of the Strategic Information and Operations Center. In this position, he managed the FBI’s 24-hour global command center for strategic information and crisis management.

Mr. Morris is a South Carolina native and graduated from Hawaii Pacific University in 1990.”

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