FBI's Kallstrom Set To Retire
NEW YORK (AllPolitics, Dec. 9) -- The FBI is expected to announce Wednesday that Assistant FBI Director James Kallstrom, who came to national attention during the criminal investigation of the crash of TWA Flight 800, will retire.
A 27-year veteran of the FBI, Kallstrom is leaving to take a job at MBNA America Bank, according to a law enforcement source.
Kallstrom's take-charge manner and flat Boston accent became a regular feature in the television coverage of the TWA disaster. But even before that, he was well-known in law enforcement circles for pushing the FBI to use new technology to fight crime.
Kallstrom, 54, was one of the first in law enforcement to understand the Internet and sound a warning about its potential for criminal misuse. He has also been an ardent supporter of controversial digital telephony legislation, which authorized law enforcement to work with the communications industry to update the old phone-tapping systems for cellular phone systems.
He has been credited with providing technology for the Ravenite social club surveillance: microphones that provided the evidence that sent Gambino crime family boss John Gotti to jail for life.
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Tuesday Dec. 9, 1997
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