Privacy Advisor

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Gives First Public Comments in Response to IG Report on FBI Abuses

April 1, 2007

The Summit's closing plenary session drew intense focus from members of the Washington, D.C. press corps, the Associated Press and cable and network news media who gathered to hear Attorney General Gonzales' first public response to the Department of Justice's Inspector General's report released that morning on the FBI's use of national security letters.

AG Gonzales held a news conference at the Summit immediately following his prepared remarks, taking questions from reporters as he stood before the cameras. Photographs that included the IAPP's logo and branding were sent across the wires. AP and UPI photos of AG Gonzales, speaking to the IAPP crowd and at the news conference following his address, were widely circulated, appearing in the Washington Post and ABC News online, among others. A cutline accompanying one AP photo taken by Charles Dharapak read, "Attorney General Alberto Gonzales takes a question during a news conference after he addressed the International Association of Privacy Professionals in Washington, Friday, March 9, 2007." Other shots captured Gonzales before and after his address, and included references to his appearance before the IAPP.

Gonzales' comments appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Sacramento Bee. The Attorney General's Summit remarks also appeared on national and cable television news coverage, as well as on Washington's Fox 5 news. Watch the Fox news clip at: www.myfoxdc.com/myfox/MyFox/pages/sidebar_video.jsp?contentId=2627848&version=1&locale=EN-US.


Quote:
"… Our priority is not just to avoid unauthorized collection of data, but also to treat properly all of the data that we do collect. Because information does not respect borders, I think it is important for us to get together with our international colleagues to discuss the global impact of these issues. And we in government must continue to talk with groups like yours, to ensure that we are moving forward."

- U.S. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, as delivered to Summit attendees