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  Hatch, Congress Informed of FBI Woes Long Before 9-11
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Last Editedparticleman  May 20, 2003 12:02pm
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News DateTuesday, May 20, 2003 06:02:07 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionThis story is getting quite a bit of play on the tv stations here this morning...

"Hatch, whose committee oversees federal law enforcement, approved holding investigative hearings about the information, but then never convened them, the memos show."

"Hatch's office said while the memo's plan for hearings never materialized, the chairman did hold about a dozen hearings in 1995 and 1996 dealing with terrorism issues and sponsored legislation to give the FBI more powers to catch terrorists, some of which passed in 1996 within months of the memo."

"But a former Republican investigator on Hatch's committee, who worked on the investigation that prompted the 1995 memo, accused the chairman of 'frustrating our attempts to oversee the FBI.'
Kris Kolesnik, who worked on the committee for Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said Hatch preferred not to air the FBI's problems in public. 'His solution to problems within the FBI is to send more money, create more bureaucracy and give them more authority to trample our civil liberties,' he said."

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