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Head of FBI Visits Springfield

Updated: Thursday, August 7 2014, 12:07 AM CDT

The head of the FBI visited the capital city Tuesday to talk to federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.

Director James Comey said the top priority for the FBI today is protecting the US from terrorist attacks. Right now, there are serious concerns as the conflict overseas continues. The FBI made great progress against Al Qaeda in the Afghanistan region, but threats are now spreading to several other parts of the world.

Comey says, "We have Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula where people lie awake all night trying to figure out ways to get into this country and kill innocent Americans... Syria in particular, offers a breeding ground, training ground and safe haven for thousands of terrorists. It's bad enough they're there. What worries me is they're going to come out at some point."

So how would Illinois respond to a terrorist threat? Director of IEMA, Jonathon Monken says, like any other emergency. And in the Statewide Terrorism and Intelligence Center, or STIC, analysts are monitoring threats 24/7.

Here on US soil, Comey is worried about violent extremists who use the internet to train themselves. And the growth in technology has forced one of the biggest threats - cyber security.

Head of FBI Visits Springfield


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