FC: FBI director-nominee is a veteran of computer crime prosecutions

From: Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
Date: Sat Jul 07 2001 - 09:55:30 PDT

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    [Apparent tech-savviness, of course, is no guarantee that Mueller
    won't become as thoroughly bureacratized as Louis Freeh and proclaim
    that the FBI "has not given up on encryption"
    regulations. (http://www.politechbot.com/p-00232.html). --DBM]
       FBI: From G-Men to G4-Men?
       By Declan McCullagh (declanat_private)
       2:00 a.m. July 7, 2001 PDT
       WASHINGTON -- It turns out that Robert Mueller, President Bush's pick
       to revive the FBI's ailing image, has plenty of experience prosecuting
       computer crime.
       This week Bush nominated Mueller, 56, to succeed Louis Freeh -- whose
       eight years as FBI director was marked by a series of embarrassing
       scandals including the murders at Ruby Ridge, the Robert Hanssen spy
       scandal and misplaced documents in the Timothy McVeigh case.
       Freeh was a lifelong East Coast fed. Born in Jersey City, New Jersey,
       he graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, and
       won acclaim for his work against Sicilian gangsters who used pizza
       parlors to sell illicit drugs.
       Mueller, by contrast, is more West Coast.
       He started his legal career at a San Francisco law firm in 1973,
       worked in San Francisco as a federal prosecutor for six years and is
       currently the U.S. Attorney for Northern California. Mueller has also
       done stints in Boston and Washington, D.C.
       "He really knows the crime issues in the (tech) industry," said George
       Kennedy, the district attorney for Santa Clara County who has worked
       with Mueller over the last three years. "He will be a good man to have
       at the head of the FBI for those types of crimes."
       After moving back to San Francisco in 1999, Mueller created the
       Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property unit in San Jose.
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