July 9, 2007
FBI National Press Office
Director Meets with Privacy and Civil Liberties Groups
Director Robert S. Mueller, III, met today with representatives
of several privacy and civil liberties groups in a continuation
of discussions surrounding the Bureau's use of National
leaders and representatives of advocacy groups had a chance
to discuss with Director Mueller and the FBI's General Counsel,
Valerie Caproni, the Bureau's continuing initiatives to
strengthen internal controls designed to protect privacy
and civil liberties.
meeting is part of a continuing dialogue aimed at reaching
out to subject matter experts, including critics, who may
give added value to the development of internal processes.
The FBI's goal is to maintain compliance with rules and
law while effectively carrying out the FBI's mission to
deter and prevent terrorism. At the initial meeting in March,
Bureau officials discussed the findings released by the
Department of Justice Inspector General regarding the FBI's
use of National Security Letters and the actions taken by
the FBI based on the Inspector General's recommendations.
At a follow up meeting, privacy groups were provided the
draft proposal for improved internal guidelines. The advocacy
groups provided valuable suggestions, many of which were
incorporated into the final product.
are complex issues, and it's important that we have an open
and ongoing dialogue," said Director Mueller. "We
have worked hard to develop more transparency around our
development of policy where privacy and civil liberties
are concerned. We may not agree with the advocacy groups
on every point, but the dialogue is valuable and their advice
is important to us."