FBI Director Robert Mueller wants agents to focus more on terrorism cases--and heâs 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 messageâand are held accountable.
As part of the effort, NEWSWEEK has learned, Muellerâs top aides have directed chiefs of the bureauâs 56 field offices to develop âdemographicâ profiles of their localitiesâincluding 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 donât meet their pre-established goals, they may be subjected to special reviews by inspection teams from headquarters.