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The FBI Five Years After 9/11

What’s New in the FBI?
A Five-Year Accounting


mueller_capitol3copy.jpgTalk about change. On Thursday, Director Robert Mueller provided a broad-brush look at our transformation over the past five years in his prepared statement before a House Appropriations Subcommittee.

Even just hitting the high points, the overview runs more than 13,000 words.

Here’s a snapshot of what’s new, what’s improved, and what’s been done…and we encourage you to read the full statement and follow the links for more details:

Among what’s brand new since 2001:

Among what’s improved:

Among our accomplishments over the past five years:

  • Most importantly, no major terrorist strikes against the United States;
  • Prevented several terrorist attacks and arrested terrorist operatives and supporters in Ohio, New York state, California, and elsewhere;
  • Disrupted terrorist financing, including exposing several major Islamic charities as terrorism supporters;
  • Helped arrest and convict several spies for passing U.S. secrets abroad, including a former Pentagon officer;
  • Helped find the perpetrators of a major computer worm following a highly complex, global investigation;
  • Led four major cyber initiatives that resulted in 400 cases and 355 arrests and convictions;
  • Investigated and helped convict more than 1,000 corrupt public officials;
  • Opened 465 corporate fraud cases, including major investigations of Enron, Worldcom, and Qwest, resulting in more than 2,500 convictions;
  • Helped secure nearly 90 convictions through Operation Quick Flip targeting mortgage fraud; and
  • Identified 56 bomb makers through the Terrorist Explosive Devices Analytical Center, including linking an individual to a rocket attack through his fingerprints.

In the words of the Director: “Today, the FBI is a stronger organization, combining greater capabilities with the longstanding commitment to the security of the United States.”

Resources: Director’s Statement