FOIA The Dead

Michael G. Oxley

Representative Mike Oxley, best known for his co-authorship of the anti-fraud law to emerge from the Enron scandal, was one of the FBI's staunchest defenders in the halls of Congress throughout his tenure—and especially during the 1990s "Crypto Wars," in which the Bureau tried and failed to require law enforcement backdoors in all U.S. encryption software.

Oxley was one of two former FBI agents to serve in Congress—the other, Rep. Don Edwards, served as chair of the House Subcommittee on Civil and Constitutional Rights and frequently butted heads with his former employer on policy issues.

In the years after Oxley's 1971 retirement from the FBI, he remained close with the Bureau's leadership and continued to exchange friendly correspondence. He received letters of thanks from FBI directors each time he defended the agency in the Congressional Record. Today, FOIA The Dead is publishing Oxley's complete FBI file, including the following notable points:

New York Times obit: Michael G. Oxley, Co-Author of Anti-Fraud Legislation, Dies at 71