of Larry Mefford
Bureau of Investigation
a Joint Hearing on
Terrorist Threat Integration Center
its Relationship with the
of Justice and Homeland Security"
afternoon Chairman Sensenbrenner and Chairman Cox, I am honored to
appear at what may be a very historic hearing. I cannot recall when
a witness from the FBI has testified before a combined panel that encompasses
over 80 distinguished Members of the House of Representatives.
is also an honor to share this table with several of our partners in
this very important initiative - the Terrorist Threat Integration Center
(TTIC). During a speech at FBI Headquarters, President Bush emphasized
that the "FBI has no greater priority than preventing terrorist acts
against America." I want to ensure that everyone clearly understands
that TTIC is crucially important to the success of our mission in the
FBI, and it will take us to the next level in being able to prevent
another terrorist attack on our nation.
mission is to enable full integration of the terrorist threat related
information and analysis and ensure that this threat product is disseminated
expeditiously and appropriately. TTIC will have no new or independent
authority to engage in the collection of intelligence. TTIC will access,
integrate and analyze available threat information, collected domestically
and abroad, to provide a comprehensive threat picture. TTIC members
will continue to
bound by all applicable privacy statutes, Executive Orders, and other
relevant legal authorities for protecting privacy and our Constitutional
liberties. Information technology and handling procedures are consistent
with the protection of our Constitutional liberties.
FBI views TTIC as an important resource - an all-source vehicle to
provide integrated threat analysis to the FBI, DHS, and other federal
intelligence and law enforcement agencies, which in turn, can quickly
share that analysis with state and local law enforcement who are
essential partners in the fight against terrorism. TTIC analytical
products will be shared with dozens of FBI Joint Terrorism Task Forces
around the country which include our state and local counterparts.
The FBI is committed to working with DHS to push this vital information
into the hands of those who need it most.
September of next year, the FBI hopes to complete the planned co-location
of our counterterrorism operational elements into a facility that
will also house TTIC. Co-location is essential in ensuring that the
cooperation, which is so necessary for our success, not only continues
but grows in the years ahead between the FBI, CIA, DHS and TTIC.
The attacks of September 11th demonstrated that terrorism knows no
boundaries - neither should the agencies participating in TTIC -
who when working together greatly enhance the government's ability
to stop future acts and bring terrorists to justice.
closing, on behalf of the men and women of the FBI, I would like
to thank each one of you for the tremendous support you have given
us. You have provided us with many new and vital tools and with TTIC,
I am confident that we can carry out our mission to protect America.
I again thank you for this historic opportunity to appear at this
joint hearing and I will be happy to respond to your questions.