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F.B.I. Chief Sees NATO-like Antiterror Alliance

The F.B.I. director, Robert S. Mueller III, said Tuesday that he expected the bureau would someday be part of an “official international terrorism alliance,” similar in structure to NATO, the European military alliance in which the United States is a key member. Mr. Mueller, speaking at the Council on Foreign Relations, said preliminary discussions had already begun among NATO members aimed at forging more formal ties among European countries that now cooperate through a fragmented patchwork of legal assistance treaties and informal relationships. Mr. Mueller’s speech was an important one for a director who took over the F.B.I. two weeks before the attacks of Sept. 11. His tenure has been devoted to preventing terrorist attacks while reorganizing an agency that has been widely criticized for failings that contributed to the missed signals of Sept. 11. Full Story

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