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FBI Testifies on Intelligence and Counterterrorism Issues

07/28/03

Graphic including photograph of Steven C. McCrawOn July 24, Assistant Director Steven McCraw, FBI Office of Intelligence, testified before the Intelligence and Counterterrorism Subcommittee of the House Select Committee on Homeland Security. "The threat to our homeland is dispersed, complex, and asymmetric," he said, noting in Director Mueller's words that "information sharing among law enforcement and intelligence agencies is the greatest force multiplier in the defense of our nation." "Intelligence has always been a core competency of the FBI and organic to the FBI's investigative mission," he added. "The Patriot Act has created new opportunities to strengthen and expand the FBI's intelligence capability and allowed us to move from thinking about "intelligence as a case" to finding "intelligence in the case" and sharing it widely with our Intelligence and Law Enforcement Partners."

Mr. McCraw summarized the comprehensive structural, operational, and information- sharing initiatives undertaken by the FBI since the attacks of 9/11/2001 that have positioned it to prevent future terrorist attacks. He also specifically addressed strengthened law enforcement and intelligence partnerships, including the creation of the TTIC, the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, that are in place to prevent future attacks against the nation.

Among other participants at the hearing were Phillip Lago, CIA Deputy Assistant Secretary, and William Parrish, Department of Homeland Security Acting Assistant Secretary for Information Analysis. See the complete statement in the FBI's Congressional testimony section.