Louis Freeh

(Louis Joseph Freeh)

Louis Freeh
Louis Freeh
  • Born: January 6, 1950
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Lawyer

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Louis Joseph Freeh is an American attorney and former judge who served as the fifth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from September 1993 to June 2001. Freeh began his career as a special agent in the FBI, and was later an Assistant United States Attorney and United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. A Republican, he was later appointed as FBI director by President Bill Clinton. He is now a lawyer and consultant in the private sector.

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We are the most scrutinized agency of the Federal government and we should be because of the enormous power we have and its potential for abuse Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
We declared war on an enemy that had declared war on us many years earlier. Terrorism
We do not fear you [the Mafia] any more. We will root you out from under every rock, from the dark places where you hide. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
With the coming of the next millennium, some religious/apocalyptic groups or individuals may turn to violence as they seek to achieve dramatic effects to fulfill their prophecies. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
And I understand that, I testified in closed hearings over eight years because there are intelligence matters, there are sensitive matters that should not be held in a public hearing.
Collecting intelligence information is like trying to drink water out of a fire hydrant. You know, in hindsight It's great. The problem is there's a million dots at the time. Time
I deal in facts.
I have always said to myself, 'I never want to say I'm leaving a job because I want to spend more time with my family.' I feel sorry for people when they say that. But my advice to them is that you shouldn't have taken the job in the first place. Time ;Families, Children & Parenting
I wanted all my visits to be official. When I sent the pass back with a note, I had no idea it would antagonize the president. I found out years later that it did.
I was a prosecutor and an FBI agent for many, many years.
I was concerned about who he would put in there as FBI director because he had expressed antipathy for the FBI, for the director. I was going to stay there and make sure that he couldn't replace me.
It's a truism that you can investigate anything forever.
My role and my obligation was to conduct criminal investigations.
The American people must be willing to give up a degree of personal privacy in exchange for safety and security.
The country was not focused on terrorism before September 11th.
The problem was with Bill Clinton, the scandals and rumored scandals, the incubating ones and the dying ones never ended. Whatever moral compass the president was consulting was leading him in the wrong direction. His closets were full of skeletons just waiting to burst out.
We are potentially the most dangerous agency in the country.

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