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DM B4 Jacobson Fdr- 2 Emails Re Time Conflicts and Priorities Re Work of Staff Member Mike Jacobson 331

DM B4 Jacobson Fdr- 2 Emails Re Time Conflicts and Priorities Re Work of Staff Member Mike Jacobson 331

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Mail:: INBOX:
Re:
Mike Jacobson
and
DSM
LA
Trip
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Date:
Fri,
19 Sep2003 16:40:40 -0400
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Subject:
Re:Mike Jacobsonand DSM LA
Trip
All:
I
have
had a
lengthy
discussion
with
pan so
I
won't reargue
my
case
but I do
want
to
respond
to a
couple
of key
points.
First,
I
find
it
extremely disturbing that despite
the
fact
that
1) I had a
specific agreement with
the
front
office
that
for the
purposes
of the
five
field
office
visits
I had
priority
on
Mike's
time
and
that during that timeteam
la
would have
access
to
Mike
for at
most
one day
every other
week, 2)
that
I had
specificallypreviously
approached Dieter with
a
proposal
for
coordination
on LA that he rejected but he said we
could
discuss possibilities
later,
and 3) had
plans
to use
Mike next week
to
prepare
for
Miami,
possibly
attend some interviews in NY, and to write up prior MFRS, that no one had thecourtesy
to
tell
me
that they planned
to
whisk Mike
away
for an
entire
week
in
contravention
of any
prior agreement.
I
guess
I was
going
to
find
out
when
I
called
him to
discuss what
I
needed done that
week
and
scheduled
a
team meeting
and
found that
he was
across
the
country
and
unavailable.Second,
I had
already
had t9
alter
the
Miami
trip
significantly
because
Team
2
scheduled
the
Ottawa
trip without
any
consultation
with
me. I was
forced
to
lose
someonewho knew about our
team's work
and was
given instead
someonewho
hasnot
attended
a
single interview
and
thus
will
essentiallybe a
note taker.
So
basically
it is
clear that despite
any
long
term
planning
that
I
attempt
to
make, every other team
can
just ignore having
to
consult with
me and
force
me
to deal with
their
schedule regardless of the impact it has on my team's work.
Third,
I do not
appreciate
the
gratuitous denigration
of my
team's
work
as
"cookie cutter" interviews. They
are far
from that.
And if
anyone thinks
the
work
my
team
is
doing
is
something
a
trained monkey
can do,
then
I am
willing
to turn the
trouble
over to someone else and
let
them try it for a
spell.
Fourth,
no one has
indicated
how
many interviews need
to be
done
in LA. why
can they
not be
completed
in a
week with
the
personnel Dieter
has?
in
Miami
weare
scheduling
four interviews
a day for two man
teams
on
certain
days,
with
two
people
for
five days
and
four people
for
three days
(once
Tamm
arrives),they could complete 32 interviews. Certainly that is more than they have
planned
as
Dieter
scoffed
at our
plans
to
interview
37
people
as
excessive.Team
6's
scheduling
is already
extremely difficult
due to
religious holidays,federal
holidays,
a
wedding,
a
honeymoon, teaching schedules,
and the
like.
Havingto
throw
in
additional
long
distance trips
to
deal with additionalmonkey wrenches being thrown into the mix without notice is making my job
virtually
impossible within
the
time constraints
we are
operating under.Barbara
>
>
At
Philip's
suggestion,
I'm
turning
to you to
resolve
what
appears
to be an
>
impasse
I've
encountered
with
Barbara
regardingthe
participation
of
Mike>
Jacobson
in
Team
lA's
DSM
interviews
in LA, now re-scheduled for the
week
of
>>
September
28.
(You
will
recallthat
our
original
plan,
as of
last
week,
was
>>
for
Mike,
Hyon,
Raj,
John
Tamm
and me to
spend
the
entire
week
of the
21st
in
>>
LA. The
trip
has
been
scheduled
due to our
access
breakthrough
with
the
FBI;
http://kinesis.swishmail.com./webmail/imp/message.php?Horde=4792316dd5a7a79315392b...
9/19/03
 
fail::
INBOX:
Re:
Mike Jacobson
and DSM LA
Trip
Page
2 of 3
>
the
hurricane
likely
precluded
any
realistic
chance
of our
going next
week
in
>
any
event)
> Recent developments in the investigation have seen LA take on
critical
>significancefor us.Giventhe
scheduling
constraintsweface--
especially
> my
>
upcoming trip abroad with
Philip
and the
others
(now
set for c.
10/11),
we
> have
>
no
choice
but to
make
the LA
trip
during
the
week
of the
28th.
As I
know
>
you're
aware,
Mike's
encylopedic
knowledge
of the
extraordinarily
complex
>
facts
>
gathered
to
date
(from
both
the
Joint inquiry
and the
documents
he has
>
revi
ewed
>
with
us)
makes
him
indispensable
to our
effort;
simply
put,
o one
knows
the>
lengthy roster
of
investigative subjects
the way hedoes,
indeed,
a
strong
>
argument
could
be made that he should accompany us for the
entire
week
in LA.> Our need for Mike becomes even more acute when one considers that John
will
> not
> be
able
to join us
until
after he closes on his new house on Tuesday.>without
>
Mike,
Raj,
Hyon
and I
wouldn't
be
able
to
double
track
any
nterviews
until
>
John's
arrival
on
Wednesday.
>
unfortunately,
our LA
trip
now
conflicts
with
the
previously-scheduled
trip
>
of
>
Team
6 to
Miami.
Recognizing
that,
as
talented
as
Mike
is,
even
he
can't
be
>in
> two places at once,
I
called Barbara last night to attempt to resolve this>
problem,
andsuggestedthe
following
compromise
(towhich Mike himselfhas> graciously
agreed):
Mike
would
spend the
first
part of the week in LA and> would
>
travel
to
Miami Wednesday
afternoon/evening
to
join
Team
6 for the
balance
of
> its interviews on Thursday and Friday.
>
Barbara found this arrangement unacceptable, citing
her own
staffing concerns> and the putative need to conduct as many as 37 interviews in
Miami
during
>
that
>
week.
The
reality,
however,
is
that under
myproposal,
Team
6
still
would
>
have
> a total of 6
interviewers
in
Miami: Barbara, Caroline,
and
Chris
H. for the>
entire
week,
and Peter,
Lance,
and
Mike joining them during
the
course
of the> week,
with this many
interviewers,
Team
6
will
be
able
to
triple track
>
interviews
on
Thursday
and
Friday
at the
very
least,
if
(as
Barbara
tells
> me) ,> the
average interview lasts
two
hours (which strikes
me as
more than
> generous),
>
this means they
should
be
able
to complete 24
interviews
on
Thursday
and>
Friday
>
alone, leaving
only 13 of the
scheduled
37 to be
completed
by the 3-5
team
>
members
who
will
be in
Miami
during
Monday-Wednesday.>
while
I
appreciate that
my
proposal
will
involve
some
re-alignment
of
Team
>
6's
>
schedule,
I believe
all
of the scheduled interviews can be
completed
in this
>
manner,
if,
on the
other hand,
Team
6
still
is
deemed
to be
unacceptably
>
short-
>
staffed, can't they borrow someone from another team?
(You
will recall
that
>
several
members
of
Team
8
participated
inTeam6's
interviews
in
NYC).
>
Barbara
http://kinesis.swishmail.com./webmail/imp/message.php?Horde=4792316dd5a7a79315392b...9/19/03
 
,ail::
INBOX:
Re: Mike Jacobson and DSM LA Trip Page 3 of 3
>
refused
to
consider
this
alternative
as
well.
>
>
To my
mind,
the
resource
allocation
question
isn't
even
close,
in
contrast
>
to
>
Team
6's
essentially "cookie cutter" interviews
of FBI and
JTTF
personnel,
>
the
>
DSM
work
we
need
to do in LA is
highly fact-intensive, involving
the
>
assimilation
and
mastery
of a
myriad
of FBI
counterintelligence
and
criminal
>> cases
throughinterviews
of the agents
responsible
for
those
cases,
we
must>
have
the benefit of
Mike's
participation -- for at least the
first
half
of
>
our
>
trip
-- to do
this
job
correctly.
All
of the
Team
6
members
are now
well-
>
seasoned
by
their
WFO
and
NYFO
interview
experience;
I
can't
imagine
that
>
they
>
would
not be
able
to
complete
the
scheduled work without Mike.
>
> I
recognize that
my
compromise proposal involves some additional work
for
>
Team
>
6 and
potentially
for
other
staff
members
as
well,
(it
imposes
by far the
>
greatest burden
on
Mike himself,
and he has
willingly
accepted
this.)
But I
>
> submit that any incremental burden, considered objectively, is
minimal
and>
well
> worth the upside to the Commission in having Mike participate in the LA
>
interviews. While
I am not at
all
happy that
the new
schedule
causes
us to>
lose Mike
for
half
of our LA
work,
the
circumstances
we
confront
require
that
>>
everyone show some flexibility here.
I
urge
you to
adopt
the my
proposal.
>
>
sorry
to
impose
all
this
on
you,
but we do
need
a
decision.
Thanks.
>
>
Dieter
http://kinesis.swishmail.com./webmail/imp/message.php?Horde=4792316dd5a7a79315392b...9/19/03

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