U.S. ATTORNEY ROBERT MUELLER III SETS UP THE FIRST FEDERAL SILICON VALLEY HIGH TECH PROSECUTION TEAM!
THE WORD IN THE COURTS IS THAT HE'S LOOKING FOR A NOVEMBER 2000 PROMOTION. ATTORNEY GENERAL? OR JUST A JUDGESHIP? BUT HE NEEDS A FEW HIGH-TECH SCALPS ON HIS BELT TO QUALIFY!
U.S. Attorney Robert Mueller III, announced the reorganization of his office on January 31, 2000. The new Silicon Valley prosecution team is now setting up his headquarters in San Jose and preparing its "hit list." Its emphasis will be the prosecution of "high-tech criminals." The San Francisco General Crimes Division chief, Ross Nadel, will leave his Division to lead the Silicon Valley Prosecution team, which has set up headquarters in San Jose. The white collar crimes section will also be set up as a separate department. The old General Crimes Division, will no longer prosecute high tech and white collar crimes. Mueller is specializing with new teams.
In August 1998, Mueller took charge as the U.S. Attorney in San Francisco when Michael Yamaguchi resigned. Yamaguchi is now parked as an Immigration Judge after his attempt to be a U.S. District Court Judge, per Boxer's nomination, was scuttled by his public remarks (which may have influenced the jury) in the Ant Flowers drug prosecution. Yamaguchi's office was also accused of hiding the fact that Frank Grevachio, Custom investigator received a kick back regarding the drug prosecution of Thanong ``Thai Tony'' Siriprechapong. Yamaguchi was known to be weak regarding high tech and organized crime. In fact, the word in the courts is that Yamaguchi was appointed because he was guaranteed to be weak. In 1998, as Assistant U.S. Attorneys left Yamaguchi's office in a mass exodus and morale sank, Presiding Judge Marilyn Hall Patel led the charge to replace Yamaguchi. In August 1998, Mueller was sent by Reno to serve as Interim U.S. Attorney after Yamaguchi resigned. Senator Barbara Boxer then nominated Boxer to be the U.S. Attorney in the Northern District. Mueller received wide praised and acceptance from most U.S. District Judges, who seemed please to have a Bush boy in place.
Ross Nadel is an old hand at criminal prosecutions mostly involving drug dealers. He is not intellectual property man. Mueller has hired computer crime specialists--Leslie Caldwell, from the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney's office, and Joe Sullivan, from the Las Vegas U.S. Attorneys office.
In January 2000, Janet Reno gave a hell and brimstone speech about cooperation between law enforcement agencies to combat high-tech crime. Reno told of her hopes for a network of computer crime-fighting experts. Mueller took up the torch in the Silicon Valley and the funding to target "high-tech criminals" is pouring and pouring in from the U.S. treasury.
Now Mueller is making legal, if not political hay. This long time Bush friend, is looking at November 2000, when he hopes to sit in a new chair, possibly obtained by a victory or two against those so-called "high tech criminals" -- the new Al Capone's of 2000!
WHO IS ROBERT MUELLER III?
MUELLER WAS A LOYAL HANDLER OF SEVERAL OF THE DOJ'S BIGGEST PANDORA'S BOXES DURING THE BUSH PRESIDENCY.
Mueller was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in charge of the BCCI investigation during the Bush Administration. In 1992 he was the Assistant U.S. attorney responsible for the Lockerbie Pan Am 103 investigation. Read Mueller's views about Lockerbie at: http://www.fas.org/irp/news/1992/8925150-8926640.htm
Between 1995 and 1998, Mr. Mueller was senior litigation counsel and then chief of the homicide section in the United States Attorney's office for the District of Columbia. Previously, he was a senior partner in a private Washington, DC, law firm, where he practiced both criminal and civil law. (Which private law firm employed Mueller from 1993 to 1995? Where exactly did he work? This may be a gap in his official resume.) From 1990 until 1993, Mr. Mueller held the position of Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice, supervising 800 attorneys and overseeing broad and significant federal criminal investigations. Prior to that appointment, he served as Assistant to the United States Attorney General for law enforcement issues and criminal matters. From 1988 to 1990, 1988 Mr. Mueller served as a partner with the law firm of Hill and Barlow in Boston, MA. Prior to this, he served in the Office of the U.S. Attorney, District of Massachusetts, in several capacities: Deputy U.S. Attorney, 1987 - 1988; U.S. Attorney, 1986 - 1987; First Assistant U.S. Attorney, 1985 - 1986; and Chief of the Criminal Division, 1982 - 1985. In addition, Mr. Mueller served in the Office of the United States Attorney, Northern District of California, in several capacities: Interim Chief of the Criminal Division, 1981 - 1982; Chief of Special Prosecutions Unit, 1980 - 1981; Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division, 1978 - 1980; and Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division, 1976 - 1977. (It appears that Mueller may have served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, in the Northern District of California, for approximately one year when Joseph Russoniello was the U.S. Attorney (Russoniello's term ran from 1982-1990.)
Mr. Mueller received a B.A. degree from Princeton University in 1966, a Masters degree in international studies from New York University in 1972, and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1973. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1967-70 and has been awarded the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
Quotes of the Day (2/9/00): "Once again the mostly gentile powers that be of the New World Order have set up Jews for a fall in Europe. The last time, they placed Jews like Rubin, Cohen, Berger and Albright (whether she recalls it or not) in the visible front line of the atrocities committed against Serbs during the Kosovo War. This time they have us leading the unpopular international protest against the legitimately elected Austrian Freedom Party leader Joerge Haider." Barry Chamish. Click "Jews for Haider"
"At no time, to my knowledge, has anyone from the CIA, or any agency, attempted to obstruct or interfere with the Department of Justice's investigation and prosecution of BCCI." Robert Mueller, III, now U.S. Attorney, Northern District San Francisco, then Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Bush Administration. who led the investigation of BCCI looting in 1991 and 1992. From Mueller's testimony before Senate Subcommittee, Hrg. 102-350 Pt. 3, p. 789.
"A day can press down all human things, and a day can raise them up. But the gods embrace men of sense and abhor the evil." Athena to Odysseus. Sophocles, Ajax 130.