Senate Judiciary Committee
June 14, 2002

Questions of missed signals before September 11th brought federal investigative and intelligence agencies under intense scrutiny, most notably the FBI. Could the attacks have been prevented? What changes were necessary to ensure that such murderous aggression could never occur again? How effective was the criminal enforcement of terrorism laws? Now, using recently acquired monthly data from TRAC, congressional inquiries are seriously examining the overall structure and resource allocation of the FBI. In two major reports posted on-line (terrorism and the FBI): TRAC was able to document and analyze the enforcement and staffing record of the FBI. The report was brought to the attention of the Department of Justice and other administration officials, as well as Senators Patrick Leahy (D Vermont), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Charles Grassley (R Iowa), a Senior Member of the Judiciary Committee. After examining the TRAC data, Senators Leahy and Grassley, sent a joint five-page letter to Attorney General Ashcroft and FBI Director Mueller asking them to address the "troubling questions" raised by TRAC August 30th, 2002. The link below provides this letter in its entirety:

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