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Mueller Wants Domestic Intelligence Powers; Pakistani Says He Warned FBI of 9/11 Plan; Nine of Ten Companies Monitor Online Activities; Pentagon Prequalifies Five Vendors

Jun 04, 20042 mins
CSO and CISOData and Information Security

Mueller Wants Domestic Intelligence Powers

The Washington Post reports that FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III yesterday proposed the creation of an intelligence service within the FBI that would have its own director and budget and would operate separately from other parts of the law enforcement agency. According to the Post, the move is aimed in large part at heading off proposals that would strip the bureau of its responsibilities for intelligence and espionage investigations in the United States and turn them over to a new agency akin to Britain’s domestic intelligence service. Pakistani Says He Warned FBI of 9/11 PlanMSNBC reports that more than a year before 9/11, a Pakistani-British man told the FBI an incredible tale: that he had been trained by bin Ladens followers to hijack airplanes and was now in America to carry out an attack. According to the report, the man claimed that when he told the FBI, headquarters was skeptical and, after several weeks, senior FBI officials ordered him released to the custody of British intelligence.Nine of Ten Companies Monitor Online ActivitiesComputerworld reports that nine out of 10 companies check up on their employees’ online activities while they’re at work, according to a recent survey of nearly 200 businesses conducted by the Center for Business Ethics at Bentley College. According to the story, employees who surf the Internet, check personal Web e-mail, use corporate e-mail for personal messages, send instant messages to friends and family and engage in peer-to-peer file sharing can open up a company to myriad vulnerabilities.Pentagon Prequalifies Five VendorsComputerworld reports that Five IT services companies have been named as eligible vendors for a U.S. Department of Defense program aimed at reducing costs and boosting the efficiencies of technology purchases by various agencies within the department. According to the story, the vendors are Accenture Ltd., BearingPoint Inc., Computer Sciences Corp., Deloitte Consulting and IBM.