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Today, the FBI is part of a vast national and international
campaign dedicated to defeating terrorism. Working hand-in-hand
with partners in law enforcement, intelligence, the military, and
diplomatic circles, our job is to neutralize terrorist cells and
operatives here in the U.S. and to help dismantle terrorist networks
The FBI is uniquely situated to achieve this counter-terrorism
mission. We have both domestic intelligence and law enforcement
capabilities. This gives the FBI a full range of options when we
pursue investigations, enabling us not only to detect terrorist
threats through surveillance, source development, and careful analysis,
but to act against those threats through arrest and incarceration.
At the same time, the FBI can mobilize quickly and comprehensively
to prevent attacks -- thanks to a worldwide network of dedicated
Special Agents and their long-standing relationship with federal,
state, local, and international partners. The FBI also has nearly
a century of experience of working within the boundaries of the
Constitution, protecting civil liberties.
The FBI, in conjunction with its law enforcement and intelligence
community partners, is making a difference. Since September 11,
2001, more than 3,000 Al-Qa'ida leaders and foot soldiers have been
taken into custody around the globe; nearly 200 suspected terrorist
associates have been charged with crimes in the U.S.; and as many
as a hundred terrorist attacks or plots have been broken up worldwide.
The FBI is committed to preventing acts of terror and to protecting
the security of the American people.