Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 21, 2010

Washington D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691

Response to OIG Report on Investigations of Domestic Advocacy Groups

The following is in response to the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) report titled, “A Review of the FBI’s Investigations of Certain Domestic Advocacy Groups.”

“After more than four years of investigation and an exhaustive review of hundreds of investigative decisions the FBI made after the September 11 attacks, the OIG did not uncover even a single instance where the FBI targeted any group or any individual based on the exercise of a First Amendment right. While the OIG disagreed with a handful of the FBI’s investigative determinations over the course of six years, it has not recommended any significant modifications to the FBI’s authority to investigate criminal conduct or national security threats.”

Michael P. Kortan
Assistant Director, Office of Public Affairs

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