FBI director visits St. Louis to discuss terrorism

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – FBI Director James Comey dropped a wake-up call on St. Louis and the rest of America during a visit here, Wednesday.

He warned of a growing terror threat emanating from Syria, saying international cities like St. Louis, were potential targets.

He met with law enforcement leaders here, reminding them of the 9-11 hijackers, terror training in Afghanistan, and then coming back to the U.S. for the attacks.

The same thing was now happening in Syria, he said.  Thousands of people from Europe and more than 100 from the U.S. had already gone there to fight with ISIS-ISIL terrorists and getting weapons training from IED’s to shoulder fired missiles and beyond, he said.

“St. Louis is a major American city; an international city, with lots of people, lots of travelers.  It is not some isolated side-rail place,” Comey said.  “It has common the same challenges that a Houston, a Miami, a New York, a Los Angeles, a Chicago have.  That is, we have lots of people here.  When I say it’s an everywhere thing, I mean it could be a ‘here’ thing… it is not a New York thing or a Washington thing.  It is an everywhere in the United States thing.”

He said there was no specific known threat in St. Louis or anywhere else.

St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson pressed Comey for more FBI help, more quickly, in combating violent crime and building federal cases against weapons offenders.  St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar wanted help in cyber-crimes investigations.

Comey said help was coming.

Comey is visiting all 56 FBI field offices in the United States.
St. Louis was his 36th stop.

Comey is 11 months into his 10 year term as FBI Director.

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