11.29.10

Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On Inspector General Glenn Fine's Impending Departure

“Glenn Fine is to be commended for his years of dedicated government service, particularly his excellent work over the last decade as the Inspector General at the Department of Justice.  Inspectors General play a crucial role in ensuring that government agencies and their employees operate efficiently, effectively, within the scope of the law, and with integrity and commitment to American values.  This function is particularly important at the Department of Justice, and Inspector General Fine has set an impressive example of how to successfully fulfill it.  I particularly applaud his work to shed light on improper political influence in hiring and prosecutions, which helped bring the Department through a particularly dark chapter in its history.   All Americans should appreciate Inspector General Fine’s audits of the use of surveillance authorities under the Patriot Act.  These investigations led to greater public accountability and triggered important reforms by the FBI in its use of National Security Letter and other authorities.  I wish Glenn well in his next endeavor.”

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