FBI Agent Collects Evidence from Exploded Car in Lebanon (AP Photo)

The National Security Branch leads the FBI’s efforts to detect, deter, and disrupt terrorist threats to the United States and its interests. We continue to identify individuals who seek to join the ranks of foreign fighters traveling in support of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), and also homegrown violent extremists who may aspire to attack the United States from within. The terrorist threat against the United States remains persistent and acute, and preventing terrorist attacks is the FBI’s top priority.

Inside the FBI’s Operations 

The FBI’s National Joint Terrorism Task Force manages more than 100 FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces (JTTFs) around the country, where agencies work together to combat terrorism on a regional scale—sharing intelligence and working joint investigations. These JTTFs provide information regarding terrorist activities, enable a shared intelligence base across many agencies, create familiarity among investigators and managers before a crisis, and—perhaps most importantly—they pool talents, skills, and knowledge from across the law enforcement and intelligence communities into a single team that responds together.

JTTFs are our nation’s front line on terrorism: small cells of highly-trained, locally-based, passionately-committed investigators, analysts, linguists, SWAT experts, and other specialists hailing from more than 500 state and local agencies and 55 federal agencies.

How Citizens Can Protect Themselves and Report Suspicious Activity 

It is important for people to protect themselves both online and in-person, and to report any suspicious activity they encounter. The simplest way to accomplish this is to:

  1. Remain aware of your surroundings;
  2. Refrain from oversharing personal information; and
  3. Say something if you see something.

Additional information regarding how to report suspicious activity and protect the community is available via the resources below.

Nationwide SAR Initiative (NSI): The Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting (SAR) Initiative is a joint collaborative effort by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and state, local, tribal, and territorial law enforcement partners. This initiative provides law enforcement with another tool to help prevent terrorism and other related criminal activity by establishing a national capacity for gathering, documenting, processing, analyzing, and sharing SAR information.

Community Preparedness Tools: Businesses are encouraged to connect, plan, train, and report. Applying these four steps prior to an incident or attack can help better prepare businesses and their employees to proactively think about the role they play in the safety and security of their businesses and communities.

The Contact Us section of the FBI’s website provides detailed contact information, such as relevant phone numbers and the addresses of the FBI’s local and international offices. You can also submit a tip online.

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