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William Steele Sessions (b. May 27, 1930 in Fort Smith, Arkansas) is a civil servant who served as a judge and director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Sessions served as FBI Director from 1987 to 1993, when he was fired by President Clinton.



In 1987 Sessions was nominated to succeed William H. Webster as FBI director by President Ronald Reagan and was sworn in November 2, 1987.



Sessions was applauded for pursuing a policy of broadening the FBI to include more women and minorities. He was viewed as combining tough direction with fairness and was respected even by the Reagan administration痴 critics, although he was sometimes ridiculed as strait-laced and dull.



Sessions became associated with the phrase "Winners Don't Use Drugs", which appeared on idle arcade game screens during demos or after a player finished playing a game. By law it had to be included on all imported arcade games and continued to appear long after Sessions left office. The quote normally appeared in gold against a blue background between the FBI seal and Sessions' name.



Sessions was FBI director during the controversial 1992 confrontation at Ruby Ridge, Idaho, at which the unarmed Vicky Weaver was shot dead by an FBI sniper. This incident provoked heavy criticism of the Bureau as did the deadly assault on the Branch Davidian church February 28, 1993. These incidents were also related to the discovery of severe procedural shortcomings at the FBI's crime laboratory.



Following the inauguration of William J. Clinton as the 42nd president of the United States on January 20, 1993, allegations of ethical improprieties were made against Sessions. A report presented to the Justice Department that month by the Office of Professional Responsibility included criticisms that he had used an FBI plane to travel to visit his daughter on several occasions and had had a security system installed in his home at government expense. Janet Reno, the 78th Attorney General of the United States, announced that Sessions had exhibited "serious deficiencies in judgment." Although Sessions denied that he had acted improperly, he was pressured to resign in early July and when he refused to do so he was fired on July 19.



Clinton nominated Louis Freeh to the FBI directorship at a Rose garden ceremony on July 20. Former Deputy Director Floyd I. Clarke served as Acting Director until September 1, 1993 when Freeh was sworn in.



The ethical complaints against Sessions were widely criticized as politically motivated and he was cleared of any actual wrongdoing. He returned to Texas where on December 7, 1999 he was named the state chair of Texas Exile, a statewide initiative aimed at reducing gun crime.



Judge Sessions is a member of the American Bar Association and has served as an officer or on the Board of Directors of the Federal Bar Association of San Antonio, the American Judicature Society, the San Antonio Bar Association, the Waco-McLennan County Bar Association, and the District judges' Association of the Fifth Circuit. He was appointed by President Reagan as a Commissioner of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Federal Holiday Commission, and was a Delegate for The Americas to the Executive Committee of ICPO-Interpol. He is also a member of the Constitution Project's bipartisan Liberty and Security Committee.



In 2006, Mr. Sessions also was present on the American Bar Association task force examining the constitutionality of controversial presidential signing statements, which concluded that the practice "does grave harm to the separation of powers doctrine, and the system of checks and balances that have sustained our democracy for more than two centuries".


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Louis L. Padula, 79, who spent more than 25 years as an FBI special agent until retiring in the late 1980s after serving on the protective detail for directors William H. Webster and William S. Sessions, died March 24 at a hospital in Washington. The ...
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He has held fellowships through the University of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Energy, and he was an Intern for Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director William Sessions, assigned to the FBI's Forensic science Research and Training Center.
... J. Willard Marriott Jr, chairman and CEO of Marriott International; Mike Rowe, host of "Dirty Jobs" television program; William Sessions, former federal judge and director of the FBI; John Tesh, recording artist and performer; Michael Bloomberg ...
William S. Sessions served three U.S. presidents as director of the FBI, and was chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.
William S. Sessions served three U.S. presidents as director of the FBI, and was chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.
William S. Sessions served three U.S. presidents as director of the FBI, and was chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas.
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... Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations under President George H.W. Bush. William S. Sessions served three U.S.
By General David Irvine, Ambassador James R. Jones, Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and Judge William S. Sessions. Shortly after the Abu Ghraib photographs became public, Secretary of State Colin Powell described telling foreign ... under President Bill ...
... Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations under President George H.W. Bush. William S. Sessions served three U.S.
Subsequent commissions include portraits of media magnate Ted Turner, former FBI director William Sessions and former U.S.
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... former NFL player and sportscaster. Mike Rowe, host of "Dirty Jobs" television program. Donald Rumsfeld, former U. S. Secretary of Defense.
... former NFL player and sportscaster. Mike Rowe, host of "Dirty Jobs" television program. Donald Rumsfeld, former U. S. Secretary of Defense.
... Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations under President George H.W. Bush. William S. Sessions served three U.S.
By General David Irvine, Ambassador James R. Jones, Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and Judge William S. Sessions. Shortly after the Abu Ghraib photographs became public, Secretary of State Colin Powell described telling foreign ... under President Bill ...
... Ambassador and Representative to the United Nations under President George H.W. Bush. William S. Sessions served three U.S.
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Subsequent commissions include portraits of media magnate Ted Turner, former FBI Director William Sessions and former U.S.
By General David Irvine, Ambassador James R. Jones, Ambassador Thomas R. Pickering and Judge William S. Sessions Shortly after the Abu Ghraib photographs became public, Secretary of State Colin Powell described telling foreign ... under President Bill ...
Davison joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Speilberg, and the former director of the FBI, William Sessions.
Davison joins other outstanding American citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald R. Ford, Jr., astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, cinematographer Steven Speilberg, and the former director of the FBI, William Sessions.
The big story 25 years ago this week (1988) involved continued inquiries into the crash of a jumbo jet in Lockerbie, Scotland, on December 21, killing 270 people.
Former FBI Director William Sessions (right) testifies about the 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas as former Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell (left) looks on during congressional hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington,テδづつ...
The FBI LA office requested several times that the FBI Director authorize a formal interview with Lehrer. But FBI director William Sessions, a holdover from the Reagan administration, left in July of 1993. Acting director Floyd Clarke took no action ...
The FBI LA office requested several times that the FBI Director authorize a formal interview with Lehrer. But FBI director William Sessions, a holdover from the Reagan administration, left in July of 1993. Acting director Floyd Clarke took no action ...
The FBI LA office requested several times that the FBI Director authorize a formal interview with Lehrer. But FBI director William Sessions, a holdover from the Reagan administration, left in July of 1993. Acting director Floyd Clarke took no action ...
... the rank of Eagle. Smith and Turner join other outstanding citizens who have become Eagle Scouts, among them former President Gerald Ford Jr.
His backers include former FBI Director William Sessions, Pentagon Papers leaker and political activist Daniel Ellsberg, singer Graham Nash, former U.S.
Celebrities aside, the signers also include former FBI director William Sessions, 29 former U.S. attorneys, 10 former judges, four former governors (including Bangerter) and two former members of Congress (including Garn).
Former FBI director William Sessions (right) testifies about the 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas as former Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell (left) looks on during congressional hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington,テδづつ...
Former FBI director William Sessions (right) testifies about the 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas as former Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell (left) looks on during congressional hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington,テδづつ...
Predating those critical remarks, a heavily-redacted 1993 Memo to then-SpeCIAl Assistant to the President and future CIA chief, George Tenet, from FBI director William Sessions noted that NSA "has developed a new encryption methodology and computerテδづつ...
Former FBI director William Sessions (right) testifies about the 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas as former Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell (left) looks on during congressional hearings on Capitol Hill in Washington,テδづつ...
They've joined forces with more than 100 other high-profile people across the country - including former FBI director William S. Sessions, singer/songwriter Graham Nash, motivational speaker and former rapper Napoleon, political activist Daniel ...
Predating those critical remarks, a heavily-redacted 1993 Memo to then-SpeCIAl Assistant to the President and future CIA chief, George Tenet, from FBI director William Sessions noted that NSA "has developed a new encryption methodology and computerテδづつ...
Predating those critical remarks, a heavily-redacted 1993 Memo to then-SpeCIAl Assistant to the President and future CIA chief, George Tenet, from FBI Director William Sessions noted that NSA "has developed a new encryption methodology and computerテδづつ...
... schools, former members of the United States armed forces (including high-ranking officers), noted legal advocates, and William Sessions, himself a former federal judge and the Director of the FBI, nominated to that position by President Ronald Reagan.
The audience at the ceremony included former FBI directors Mueller, William Webster and William Sessions, as well as former attorneys general Ashcroft and Michael Mukasey.
The audience at the ceremony included former FBI directors Mueller, William Webster and William Sessions, as well as former attorneys general Ashcroft and Michael Mukasey.
Calling attention to the current political warfare over his budget, Obama vowed to fight for the resources the bureau needs to do its job.
... para lograr los recursos que necesita el FBI para realizar su trabajo. Entre los asistentes a la ceremonia estaban los ex directores del FBI Mueller, William Webster y William Sessions, asimismo los ex secretarios de Justicia Ashcroft y Michael ...
... budget, Obama vowed to fight for the resources the bureau needs to do its job. The audience at the ceremony included former FBI directors Mueller, William Webster and William Sessions, as well as former attorneys general Ashcroft and Michael Mukasey.
The audience at the ceremony included former FBI directors Mueller, William Webster and William Sessions, as well as former attorneys general Ashcroft and Michael Mukasey.


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