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FBI Terrorism Hunt Is Going International

Rushing to counter the rise of global terrorism and crime, the FBI plans to open field offices in Afghanistan, Indonesia, Bosnia and as many as 10 other hot spots and to send additional agents elsewhere overseas, officials said Friday. The effort will formalize a dramatic shift in the FBI’s operations since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Hundreds of agents have been temporarily deployed around the globe in pursuit of terrorists and those supporting them. It is also a significant expansion of an effort begun in the mid-1990s by former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh to make the FBI an international crime-fighting operation that works closely with law enforcement and intelligence counterparts around the world. “Terrorism is certainly one of the driving factors, but it is also in response to the global nature of crime,” said Roderick L. Beverly, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Office of International Operations. “We live in a global society, and the barriers and impediments we once had — methods of communications, transportation — are no longer barriers for legitimate businesses, nor are they barriers for organized crime.” Full Story

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