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The National Security Division (NSD) is a division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ), one of the federal executive departments. The Division is headed by the Assistant Attorney General for National Security.

History

The National Security Division was created under Section 506 of the 2005 USA PATRIOT Act reauthorization,[1] which was signed into law by President George W. Bush on March 9, 2006.[2]

It consolidated the Department's national security efforts within one unit, bring together attorneys from the Counterterrorism Section and Counterespionage Section of the Criminal Division and from the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review (OIPR), with their specialized expertise in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other intelligence matters. This fulfilled a recommendation of the Iraq Intelligence Commission (Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction).[3]

Assistant Attorneys General for the National Security Division

Name President Nominating Date of Announcement Date Nomination Sent to the Senate Date of Confirmation by the Senate Sworn In Left Office
Kenneth Leonard Wainstein[4] George W. Bush March 13, 2006 March 13, 2006 September 21, 2006[5] September 28, 2006[6] March 30, 2008, to become Homeland Security Advisor (Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism)[7]
J. Patrick Rowan (acting)[8] -- -- -- -- -- Acting March 20, 2008-September 26, 2008
J. Patrick Rowan George W. Bush June 19, 2008[9] June 19, 2008[10] September 26, 2008[11][12][13] October 3, 2008[14] January 20, 2009[15]
Matthew G. Olson[16][17] -- -- -- -- -- Acting January 20, 2009-late March 2009
David S. Kris Barack Obama January 22, 2009[18] February 11, 2009[19] March 25, 2009[20] -- Incumbent

References

  1. ^ "USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005." Government Printing Office.
  2. ^ "H.R.3199 Major Congressional Actions." THOMAS.
  3. ^ "Sheet: USA PATRIOT Act Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2005." United States Department of Justice 2 March 2006.
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  8. ^ As Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security, became Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security
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  17. ^ As Deputy Assistant Attorney General for National Security, became Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security
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  20. ^ http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=111&session=1&vote=00109
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