FBI Director confirms terrorism investigations in all 50 states, encourages public to speak up

From ABC4 Utah

By Glen Mills

SALT LAKE CITY - Fighting crime is a team effort, that's why FBI Director, James Comey is in Utah to meet with local law enforcement agencies.

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

"It just really illustrates by having Director Comey here the cooperation that takes place between the federal law enforcement agencies and their state and local partners," said Department of Public Safety Commissioner, Keith Squires.

Together they investigate cyber crime, public corruption and the evolving threat of terrorism.

Director Comey says ISIL is changing the game with an aggressive social media campaign, and confirmed that terrorism investigations are now ongoing in all 50 states.

"It's a message that goes to troubled souls any where in the United States. As a result we have investigations in every state in the Union that focuses on trying to understand who is consuming that poison," said Comey. 

Comey says if this is the new norm he'll have to reconsider the resources it takes for surveillance. 

He also says it creates a conflict between public safety and internet privacy.

"Those values are increasingly in conflict when lawful court orders in criminal investigations encounter unbreakable encryption and we need to figure out a way as a people how to accommodate both of those values," said Comey.

That's part of the conversation he is having across the country. 

He's also telling the public we play a role.

He says if you see something, say something. No matter how insignificant it may seem.

"When you have a strange feeling about somebody just tell one of us. We'll check it out, no harm done, or maybe tremendous harm averted," said Comey.

If you do have a tip on possible terrorism you can contact your local police department or sheriff's office and they will get that information to the right people.


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