Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert S. Mueller testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee at the “Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation“ hearing yesterday, discussing ways in which the Bureau responded to national threats over the last year.
Mueller pointed to numerous national cases in terrorism, threats to national intelligence, cyber threats, financial crimes, public corruption, gang violence and felony crimes and outlined the FBI’s solutions to fighting this problem.
“These examples underscore the complexity and breadth of the FBI's mission to protect the nation in a post-9/11 world,“ Mueller said. “They also demonstrate how the FBI has evolved as a threat-based, intelligence-driven agency in responding to these threats, and how the FBI will meet these challenges in the years to come.“
Mueller pointed out the failed Times Square bombing, the attempted bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on December 25, 2009 and homegrown extremist acts as examples of how terrorist threats continuously evolve.
“These terrorist threats are diverse, far-reaching, and ever-changing,“ he explained. “Combating them requires the FBI to continue improving our intelligence and investigative programs, and to continue engaging our intelligence and law enforcement partners, both domestically and overseas.“