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FBI cancels leaves for Y2K
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 07/08/1999 @ 1:00 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
The Federal Bureau of Investigation recently notified all their
agents that all leaves from Dec. 15 through mid-January — even those
previously approved — are officially canceled.
According to a special agent within the Department of Health and
Human Services, a partner in the FBI received a memo stating all
end-of-the-year leaves had been canceled for three to four weeks between
the middle of December and the middle of January. Both of the agents
wish to remain anonymous; the FBI agent didn’t speak directly with
“The memo said to take all your vacation now. You’re not going to be
able to carry it over like you sometimes can do at the end of the year,”
said the agent from the Department of Health and Human Services. “In
other words, it’s almost like an open-ended thing. They’re not sure
that, come 2000, they’ll be able to release employees from this
When asked what it was the FBI might be planning for, the agent
admitted he wasn’t sure. However, according to the agent, the memo
said, “because of the year 2000.”
The agent added that the information on the memo probably wouldn’t be
a “deep dark secret for long” because more than 12,000 agents in the FBI
have apparently been notified with the memo. The agent believes the
information would have leaked sooner or later.
“It’s not classified,” the agent added.
WorldNetDaily contacted FBI headquarters but couldn’t confirm the
“We don’t discuss our internal communications,” said an FBI
A subsequent call to an FBI field office in Sacramento, Calif.,
produced similar results.
“From a field office like Sacramento, we can’t comment on or confirm
internal memoranda,” said Nick Rossi, an FBI spokesperson. “That’s
something you’d have to contact our national headquarters for.”
Debbie Weierman, a spokesperson for the FBI headquarters later called
WorldNetDaily with an official response to the query about the memo.
“The FBI, like all government agencies and the private sector, is
taking prudent steps to avoid potential effects of the Y2K issue,” said
Weierman. “Additionally, as a part of the responsibility to ensure our
ability to meet the demands of our mission, we have also reminded our
employees of their ongoing responsibilities to remain available.”
When asked if this statement meant the FBI has notified agents to not
take off for vacation at the end of the year, Weierman said, “I’m not
going to get into any discussion on that.”
But if an agent requested time off between Dec. 15, and the middle of
January, would the FBI deny the request?
“Not necessarily,” said Weierman. “It just depends on what is going
on at that time.”
Commenting on the infrequency of such a move by the FBI, the agent
from the Department of Health and Human Services said, “To my knowledge,
even during the Iranian crisis in 1980 and the war with Iraq, I don’t
think the entire FBI had been on alert and all annual leave canceled.”
“It’s a mess,” concluded the agent concerning the FBI’s Y2K
preparation. “They’re very much behind. If it was a 72 hour
‘snowstorm,’ you wouldn’t bring out 12,000 FBI agents on stand-by and,
for the first time maybe in FBI history, cancel everybody’s annual leave
for a 20-30 day time frame. That’s very significant. In my line of
work, that’s called a clue.”
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