FBI Director Robert Mueller wants agents to focus more on terrorism cases--and heâ€™s setting up a program to make sure they do
Feb. 3 issue â€” Frustrated that his troops are still not aggressive enough in hunting down terrorists, FBI Director Robert Mueller has launched a potentially controversial initiative aimed at making sure that field agents finally get the messageâ€”and are held accountable.
As part of the effort, NEWSWEEK has learned, Muellerâ€™s top aides have directed chiefs of the bureauâ€™s 56 field offices to develop â€śdemographicâ€ť profiles of their localitiesâ€”including tallying the number of mosques. Those profiles are then being used, along with other factors, to set specific numerical goals for counter terrorism investigations and secret national-security wiretaps in each region. Top bureau officials have signaled that if field offices donâ€™t meet their pre-established goals, they may be subjected to special reviews by inspection teams from headquarters.