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FBI director warns of threats to U.S. economy

FBI Director Robert Mueller on Thursday said the U.S. economy is threatened by terrorism, corporate crime, Internet attacks and organized crime. “It is no longer possible to separate our country’s economic well-being from national security,” Mr. Mueller told a luncheon crowd at the Detroit Economic Club. Mr. Mueller, who was appointed a week before the Sept. 11 attacks, said terrorists want to destroy the United States by disrupting its economy. He said the FBI’s mission has expanded from domestic crime fighting to more global crimes. “Our global presence has created a world of targets,” he said. He said the FBI requires more cooperation now with not only the CIA, but with foreign intelligence agencies. In addition to terrorism, Mr. Mueller pointed out that organized crime is conducted by U.S. and foreign criminals. “Organized crime has diversified into telecommunications fraud, stock manipulation and cyber crimes,” Mr. Mueller said. “Criminal enterprises from countries like China, Japan, Hungary and Russia are in the United States siphoning billions of dollars from companies.” Full Story

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