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Director Briefs Congress on FBI Efforts to Address National Security and Criminal Threats

This morning, FBI Director Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the diverse threats facing the nation and the Bureau’s commitment to carrying out its mission while preserving civil liberties.

Jun 13, 2013 11:00 AM

Director Briefs Congress on FBI Efforts to Address National Security and Criminal Threats

This morning, FBI Director Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee about the diverse threats facing the nation and the Bureau’s commitment to carrying out its mission while preserving civil liberties. In the national security arena, he highlighted the continuing danger from homegrown violent extremists, from an increasing number of individuals and groups overseas engaging in terrorism, and from spies looking for state secrets, critical research and development data, intellectual property, and insider information. He also talked about the growing number of cyber-based threats and the importance of strengthening relationships between the government and the private sector, particularly in the area of cyber security.

In the criminal arena, the Director discussed actions the FBI has taken in a number of priority areas, including public corruption, the Bureau’s number one criminal priority; financial crimes like mortgage fraud, health care fraud, and corporate and securities fraud; violent crime, including gang violence; transnational organized crimes; and crimes against children and crimes in Indian country. He also highlighted the FBI’s role in providing active shooter tactical training to law enforcement agencies and our lawful use of technology to collect, analyze, and share information with our partners.

Addressing the use of technology, Director Mueller said it was “one tool we use to stay a step ahead of criminals and terrorists. Yet as we in the FBI continue to evolve to keep pace with today’s complex threat environment, our values must never change. The rule of law remains our guiding principle….Following the rule of law and upholding civil liberties and civil rights make all of us safer and stronger.”

Full testimony