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Director Mueller in Afghanistan
Director Mueller on a recent trip to Afghanistan.

Message from Director Mueller: Why a new FBI?

After the tragic terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, it was clear the FBI needed to change from an agency primarily focused on bringing criminals to justice to one whose primary focus is the prevention of future attacks. This new approach required new leadership, a new organizational structure, new priorities, new technologies, and a new FBI mindset. Making these changes in a short period of time has not been easy. But the extraordinary men and women of the FBI have shown great strength, flexibility, and enthusiasm.


Director Robert S. Mueller, III

Today's FBI is not defined by boxes on an organizational chart, but by new ways of doing business-greater collaboration with our partners in law enforcement, less bureaucratic red tape, and more accountability at every level. At the same time, we have held onto the standards of excellence that have made the FBI the preeminent law enforcement agency worldwide.

Today's FBI is better positioned to prevent future attacks, to protect America's critical infrastructure, and to hunt down criminals who prey on our citizens. We are still changing, and our new flexibility will ensure that the FBI stays on top of current and future threats well into the 21st century.

-Robert S. Mueller, III

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