Recruiting Road Trip Brings Promising Returns

November 14, 2022

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FBI visited 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities to promote internship program

The FBI was on the road this fall—making stops at 11 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to encourage students to consider an FBI internship and learn more about the application process. The road trip was part of the Beacon Project, which was created to strengthen ties between the Bureau and HBCUs. Among the program’s goals is to bring more candidates from diverse backgrounds into the FBI.

“We know that diverse communities oftentimes may not consider the FBI as a place to work,” said FBI Chief Diversity Officer Scott McMillion. “When I think about our commitment to the Beacon Project, it’s really to ensure that we highlight and provide information about FBI career opportunities in the hope that students would consider us as an employer of choice.”

Mock Interviews on the FBI's College Recruiting Tour

At Norfolk State University, Supervisory Special Agent AK Middleton and Norfolk Special Agent in Charge Brian C. Dugan conducted mock interviews with students to help them get exposure to the FBI’s interview methods.

FBI Staff Meet Student at Miles College

At Miles College in Alabama, FBI Management and Program Analyst Devonte White shared information about the FBI internship program with some of the 200 students who attended the information sessions.

At Alabama State University in Montgomery, FBI agents and professional staff met with more than 50 students.


McMillion explained some of that comes down to helping students understand that the Bureau needs candidates from many fields of study. It doesn’t matter if you majored in accounting or biology or journalism—we need those skills. “We are making the case that when they bring themselves—their degrees, their backgrounds, their authentic selves—there is a home for them in the FBI,” he said.

Piquing students’ interest is only half the work. The other half is encouraging them to go through the highly competitive and thorough application process. McMillion acknowledged to everyone looking to apply that it’s a long process, but there’s a good reason for it. Even an internship at the FBI allows access to sensitive information, and it’s important that everyone in the FBI is properly vetted.

On the HBCU tour, McMillion said that small group presentations and one-on-one interactions helped remove some of the apprehension about the application process while the mock interview sessions helped potential applicants learn about the FBI’s structured approach.

The individual interactions also helped students get over the hesitancy that many people feel when considering the Bureau. McMillion said sometimes you need someone else to tell you they believe you can do it: “We need students to understand they have the skills, the characteristics, the background, the inquisitiveness to benefit the FBI.”

The 11-campus tour stopped at Virginia State University, Norfolk State University, Johnson C. Smith University, Albany State University, Alabama State University, Talladega College, Miles College, Morgan State University, Howard University, and Jackson State University. In addition to the campus tour, the FBI offered online information sessions. The more robust outreach resulted in a nearly 300% increase in applications from HBCUs to the Honors Internship Program, when compared with the year before.

Every year, the FBI receives thousands of internship applications. Although not every candidate can be selected, the FBI Office of Diversity and Inclusion is pleased with the uptick in interest and hopes the increase starts a continuing trend.

“We are trying to be intentional about bringing people with diverse backgrounds into the Bureau,” McMillion said. “These students will bring new ideas, innovation, creativity, and passion that will help us be a better organization now and into the future.”

“These students will bring new ideas, innovation, creativity, and passion that will help us be a better organization now and into the future.”

-FBI Chief Diversity Officer Scott McMillion

During a stop at Talladega College in Alabama, FBI employees and school staff gathered in the Dr. William R. Harvey Museum of Art.

Michigan Man Charged with Attempting to Provide Material Support To ISIS

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Eastern District of Michigan


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

DETROIT – A Michigan man was charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, commonly known as ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization, and for being a felon in possession of a destructive device. The charges were set forth in an Indictment that was unsealed today.

The indictment was announced by Assistant Attorney General Matthew G. Olsen of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison of the Eastern District of Michigan, and James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit, Michigan office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

The indictment alleges that between 2011 and October 2017, Aws Mohammed Naser, 34, formerly of Westland, Michigan, attempted to provide material support to ISIS, in the form of personnel (including himself) and services, knowing that ISIS was a designated terrorist organization and that ISIS engages in terrorism. In addition, Naser is charged with being a felon in possession of a destructive device in October 2017.

Naser faces up to twenty years in prison for attempting to support ISIS and up to fifteen years in prison for possessing the destructive device.  

Naser will be arraigned on the indictment at the federal courthouse in Detroit today at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

“Terrorism poses significant threats to people living in our District and around the world,” U.S. Attorney Ison stated.  “We will aggressively investigate and prosecute anyone who seeks to aid terrorists.”

“Today’s indictment serves to remind others what can happen if they attempt to provide assistance to a foreign terrorist organization,” said James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office. “The FBI will make every effort to protect Americans at home and abroad and to bring other like-minded criminals to justice.”

An indictment is merely a formal charge that a defendant has committed a violation of criminal law and is not evidence of guilt. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin for the Eastern District of Michigan is prosecuting the case, with assistance from Trial Attorney Dmitriy Slavin National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

BREAKING – Albion College Administration Admits There is a Michigan Attorney General Inquiry

Written by John Face

Photo by John Face

November 24, 2022

City Watch can now report that according to multiple sources, Albion College administration has finally admitted to their staff the Michigan Attorney General’s (AG) office is involved in looking into things at the school and that they are at this time cooperating.  City Watch reported Thursday November 10, (click here to read original story) of the ongoing investigation and that most of the Board of Trustees were unaware of the investigation at that time. The Board met on Tuesday November 15 for a special meeting. Those close to the school said that it was, to their knowledge, an unplanned meeting and most likely called to address City Watch reporting.

The AG office stated (click here to see story of AG response) in a reply to City Watch asking, “if an investigation is underway involving the college”, the AG said that no investigation was underway of the college.  City Watch did not ask if such an investigation was an “inquiry” or is one that would include current and former employees though.  Legal sources feel that is most likely the reason for the AG denial. Either way there is a probe of college finances by the AG office. 

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Albion Forward – Into the Future – as we Embrace Our History

Written by John Face

November 23, 2022

 

As the holiday season is almost in full swing, one thing stands out to this writer. Albion is making a comeback from certain death in the 80’s and 90’s. Though many of our main street store fronts remain empty, there is new life as well. There are new stores downtown, there are signs of life as renovations continue in long abandoned buildings, there is a new beginning. 

We Albion people are diverse, hearty and proud. We are quick to hold those in power accountable, and quick to brag about the beauty of our city. This beauty includes a diverse ethnic mix of residents, a world class institution of higher education in Albion College, our river forks with its history and the unbelievable pride we take when we tell the world, we are from Albion.  

We have many problems ahead of us. The road will be long and at times painful to deal with, but there is a road to the future. There is hope in Albion. Let’s reflect on that during this holiday season.

We are Albion.  

Albion Forward – Into the Future – as we Embrace Our History

Update on Threats Targeting Historically Black Schools

November 14, 2022

The investigation of racially motivated threats of violence targeting historically Black colleges and universities has identified one juvenile believed to be responsible for a majority of the threats and the Department of Justice has worked with state prosecutors to hold the minor accountable.

Since January 2022, more than 50 HBCUs, houses of worship, and other faith-based and academic institutions across the country have received racially motivated threats of violence.

The investigation of these threats led to the identification of several minors believed to be responsible for the first set of threats made between January 4 and February 1, 2022. Further FBI investigation identified one juvenile believed to be responsible for these threats.

Given the federal limitations for charging under-age perpetrators with federal crimes, the Department of Justice worked with state prosecutors to hold them accountable on charges unrelated to the specific threats to the HBCUs. This individual is under restrictions and monitoring of his online activities.

Because of the subject’s age, no additional information can be provided.

The FBI is continuing to investigate additional unrelated threats that appear to have originated overseas:

  • A distinct set of threats primarily targeting HBCUs received between February 8 and March 2, affecting at least 19 institutions.
  • A distinct set of threats which began June 7 and are ongoing. More than 250 colleges—including seven HBCUs—over 100 high schools, and two junior high schools received bomb and/or active shooter threats.

The FBI is working with our local, state, federal, and international law enforcement partners to pursue those responsible for these threats, and we are asking anyone with information to report it to 1-800-CALL-FBI, or online at tips.fbi.gov.

Hate-fueled and racist threats of violence cause the victims real distress. These threats disrupt the learning environment and the education of college students, as well as other citizens. The FBI will not tolerate anyone trying to instill fear in any community, especially one that has experienced violence and threats of violence historically. The FBI will continue to vigorously pursue anyone responsible for these ongoing threats with help from our law enforcement partners at the federal, state, and local levels.

City Watch NEWS Top 5 Stories of 2022

Written by John Face

November 23, 2022

As City Watch News celebrated its 5th anniversary on November 3rd, it was decided to take a moment to look back for a brief moment and remind us about the top stories of the year. The last year has been incredible and since last November, where the lists below start, much has happened in and around Albion. We decided to break our list into two categories. Let me explain.

December last year we quite possibly had the most viewed article we may ever see for City Watch. That story along with follow-up stories dominated the NEWS cycle here for weeks. Of course, I am talking about everything Mat Johnson, the former President of Albion College who was released from his position at the college on Christmas eve 2021. That happened after he accosted an Albion Michigan icon and beloved leader Hazel Lias. So, we will make two lists, one for Mat Johnson related stories in the last year and the other for all the rest.

The fact is the all-time top 10 stories, with exception for the Lopez Taco House story which came in 3rd, were all directly related to Johnson.

Here we go with story headlines:

Calendar year 2021/22:

Top 5 Stories Headlines

  1. Lopez Taco House Devastated by Fire – Information on How You Can Help
  2. BREAKING NEWS – Funeral Home Director J. Kevin Tidd Dies
  3. Student at Harrington School Accosted by Volunteer Wife of School Board Member
  4. Albion College Facing Significant Cutbacks and Lost Revenue – Potential Layoffs Loom
  5. Albion College Board of Trustees – Former College Board of Trustee Member Speaks – Stephen Greenhalgh Shares his Feelings

Top 5 Stories related to Mat Johnson Headlines

  1. College President Mathew Johnson Allegedly Accosts Hazel Lias in Confrontation
  2. Albion College President Mathew Johnson Out – Resigns
  3. Mathew Johnson Apologized to Hazel Lias – Not Enough
  4. Part 2 College President Mathew Johnson Accosts Hazel Lias
  5. Mat Johnson former College President – Hazel Lias is not a Liar

Bristol Man and Girlfriend Charged with Committing Numerous Violent Robberies Across Connecticut

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office

District of Connecticut


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Vanessa Roberts Avery, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, and David Sundberg, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment today charging LONNY CROSS, 44, and REBECCA BARBERA, 40, both of Bristol, with conspiring to commit numerous violent robberies across Connecticut in September and October of this year.  Cross is also charged with a narcotics distribution offense.

As alleged in court documents, the FBI and Connecticut State Police have been working with state and local law enforcement agencies to investigate more than 30 robberies of gas station convenience stores, mini-markets and liquor stores that occurred from September 5 to October 13 in North Branford, Waterbury, Wolcott, Plymouth, New Haven, North Haven, Orange, West Haven, Wethersfield, Bristol, Southington, Naugatuck, Watertown, Franklin, Norwich, Waterford, Groton City, Stonington, Ledyard, Darien, Norwalk, Stratford and Seymour. Several of the robberies occurred on the same day, often minutes apart.  Surveillance videos from the stores show what appears to be the same suspect, identified as Cross, entering the stores, brandishing a knife or gun, and robbing the stores.  Witnesses to several of the robberies reported that they saw the suspect flee in a dark-colored sedan.

The indictment alleges that Cross would travel to a victim-store with Barbera, who would enter the store to determine the number of employees and customers in the store, exit

the store, and then report that information to Cross.  Cross would then enter the store, display a knife or firearm while threatening employees, and steal cash and other items.

On October 14, 2022, investigators conducted court-authorized searches of Cross’s and Barbera’s residence, and a black 2014 Chevrolet Impala that Cross was known to drive.  The search of the residence revealed clothing consistent with clothing worn by the suspect in several of the robberies, as well as 54 bags of suspected heroin, a quantity of suspected crack cocaine, and narcotics paraphernalia.  A search of the car revealed 120 bags of suspected heroin, approximately 14 grams of crack, and a knit hat matching the description of one worn by the suspect during a robbery the day before.  Cross, who was on state parole, was arrested on state charges on that date.  He has been detained since his arrest.

Barbara was arrested on October 28 on a federal criminal complaint and is currently released on a $10,000 bond.

The indictment charges Cross and Barbera with one count of conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act Robbery, an offense that carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.  Cross is also charged with one count of possession with intent to distribute cocaine base (“crack”) and heroin, an offense that also carries a maximum term of imprisonment of 20 years.

U.S. Attorney Avery stressed that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  Charges are only allegations, and each defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

This investigation is being conducted by the FBI, Connecticut State Police, Orange Police Department, Port Chester (N.Y.) Police Department, and numerous other police departments from the municipalities where the robberies occurred, with the assistance of Connecticut State Parole.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarah P. Karwan.

Convicted Sex Offender Indicted for Murder and for Shooting a Child on the Isabella Reservation

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Eastern District of Michigan


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Bay City, MI – A convicted sex offender was indicted today by the grand jury for murdering a woman and shooting her child on the Isabella Reservation in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison announced today.

The indictment charges Johnathan Ashford, age 37, of Mt. Pleasant, with murder for shooting and killing an Indian victim on the Isabella Reservation. Ashford is not a Native American. The indictment also charges Ashford with assault with the intent to commit murder for shooting the victim’s child. In addition, Ashford is charged with failing to register as a sex offender, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence and after being convicted of a felony, first degree child abuse, and two counts of domestic assault by a habitual offender. If convicted, Ashford faces up to life in prison.

“Our office stands ready to fully investigate and prosecute domestic violence,” said U.S. Attorney Ison.  “Victims of domestic and gender-based violence deserve justice and our protection.”

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.  A defendant is entitled to a fair trial in which it will be the government’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.  

The case was investigated by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, the Mount Pleasant Police Department, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Saginaw City Police, Buena Vista Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roy Kranz.

Pontiac Man Arrested in ICE Enforcement Action Convicted of Armed Cocaine Trafficking

Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney’s Office

Eastern District of Michigan


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

DETROIT – A Pontiac man was convicted yesterday by a federal jury in Detroit on charges of possessing cocaine and marijuana with the intent to distribute those drugs, possessing a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime, and possession of a firearm by a person who is unlawfully in the United States, announced United States Attorney Dawn N. Ison.

Joining Ison in the announcement was James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the Detroit Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Robert Lynch, Field Office Director ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Detroit.

A four-day trial, conducted before United States District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds, resulted in the conviction of Edgar Rangel-Tapia, 27. Tapia faces a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of life when he is sentenced, likely early next year. 

According to the evidence presented at trial, ICE ERO deportation officers were executing a search warrant for documents in April 2021. Tapia was the only person home at the time. During a protective sweep, agents saw a safe full of drugs and cash, and a shotgun behind a dresser. They then contacted the FBI, who secured a second search warrant for drugs, firearms, and related materials. The FBI recovered additional ammunition and a firearm, as well as over $9,000 cash in and around the safe in defendant’s bedroom. Investigators also found two hand-held scales (commonly used to weigh drugs for street sale), materials for packaging drugs for sale, and Tapia’s cellphone, which contained text messages relating to drug transactions.

Tapia entered the United States unlawfully and therefore cannot legally possess firearms.

“Our office will vigorously pursue armed drug dealers who traffic cocaine and other drugs into our community,” said Ison. “We will do all we can to stop them from continuing to destroy the lives of our friends, neighbors, and loved ones who suffer from their illegal conduct.” 

“This case is an excellent example of how federal law enforcement agencies work together to fulfill our joint mission to free our communities from criminals who use firearms and trafficking illegal drugs,” said James A. Tarasca, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Detroit Field Office. “We remain committed to working with law enforcement agencies at all levels to disrupt drug trafficking and to remove illegal guns from the streets of Southeast Michigan.”

“I’m incredibly proud of these officers and their commitment to public safety,” said ICE ERO Detroit Field Office Director Robert Lynch. “They, along with the other members of U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement Detroit Field Office, work tirelessly to identify and remove individuals, like Rangel-Tapia, from the community who disregard our laws and endanger the public.” 

This investigation was led by agents of the FBI Oakland County Gang and Violent Crimes Task Force which includes Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, Troy Police Department, Southfield Police Department, Bloomfield Township Police Department, Michigan State Police, Franklin-Bingham Farms Police Department, with the assistance of ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Trevor Broad and David Portelli.

Director Wray Addresses ADL at Never Is Now Summit

Christopher Wray

Director

Federal Bureau of Investigation

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Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Never Is Now Summit

New York, New York

November 10, 2022\

Remarks as prepared for delivery.

My thanks to the entire ADL for inviting me here today. 

I’ve been in this line of work for a long time now, starting out as a prosecutor in the ‘90s and then in various roles in the Justice Department, which included time overseeing what was then the Office of Special Investigations—or as they were more commonly known, the Nazi hunters—whose particularly rewarding work demonstrated to the world—and anyone who might contemplate heinous crimes against the Jewish people—that we’ll hunt murderers right to their dying days. 

I’m proud to say we helped the U.S. track down, denaturalize, and deport more Nazis than all other countries combined. And much like the work we’re doing together today, that effort both required and benefitted from a close partnership with the Jewish community.

The main reason I took this job was my belief in the FBI’s core values and mission – to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution. And I think our mission gels very well with yours: “To stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” 

That’s one of the reasons we’ve been such great partners in fighting to stamp out the recent uptick in hate crimes in the U.S., I think, because both of our organizations understand what can happen when hate is allowed to fester and grow.

At the Bureau, we confront that reality from the moment we bring someone new onboard. And I want to thank the ADL today for your support in conducting the training that all of our new special agents and intelligence analysts participate in at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Because of your work, our new agents and analysts confront the reality of just how widespread antisemitism, and the willingness to turn hate to action, really are. Your work reminds them what’s at stake; why we all—particularly those of us in law enforcement—must aggressively counter antisemitic violence everywhere it appears.

Our FBI historian recently pulled the course evaluations written by the first new agent class to visit the Holocaust Museum, more than 20 years ago. I found one of them particularly striking. That new agent wrote: 

“The part that lingers in my memory is the photo of the police officer and the German SS officer standing side by side, and the police officer was failing to protect his own citizens.” 

That observation gets to the heart of why standing up to hate is an active pursuit. And it applies now every bit as much as it did back then. It reflects what we stand for and the values we aspire to at the FBI – to protect Americans from harm with unwavering resolve.

Hate Crimes and Extremism 

Unfortunately, as Jonathan outlined, antisemitism remains a pervasive and present fact. And we at the FBI see—up close, day in and day out—the actions that hatred drives. Jewish people continue to face repeated violence and very real threats, from all kinds of actors, simply for being who they are. 

A full 63% of religious hate crimes are motivated by antisemitism—targeting a group that makes up just 2.4% of our population. Foreign terrorist organizations like ISIS have promoted antisemitic violent extremism for decades. They continue to target Jewish Americans in their attack plots. But we also confront the threat of people here, on our soil, whose hateful views—often paraded online—boil over into acts of violence.

There are too many grim examples to choose from, but consider the members of the Jewish community in Poway, California, whose synagogue was the target of domestic terrorism in 2019. The gunman in that attack, in a vile act driven by hatred, murdered one member of the congregation and wounded three others, including a rabbi.

Thanks to the investigative work of our San Diego Field Office, he’s now serving a life sentence without parole, plus an additional 30 years. But his victims, their loved ones, and their communities have to live with the trauma of what he did for the rest of their lives, too. 

The attack at the synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, earlier this year was another tragic example. It happened almost three years later and over a thousand miles away from Poway by a perpetrator who cloaked himself in a different motivation—he referenced violent Jihad. But it demonstrates the tragic reality that the Jewish community uniquely ends up on the receiving end of hate-fueled attacks from all sides. And I’d venture to say no community feels more threatened by that boiling over into violence than yours.

FBI Efforts 

The threats may be coming from all sides, but we’re hitting back at them full-force. And from multiple FBI programs—our Criminal and Counterterrorism Divisions—that right now are laser-focused on the problem. 

On the criminal side, we’ve designated civil rights, specifically including hate crimes, as a national threat priority. That means we’ve surged more agents and analysts to work those cases across the country. And on the counterterrorism front, with the Joint Terrorism Task Forces we run out of all 56 of our field offices, we have nearly 4,500 agents and state and local law enforcement partners working counterterrorism.

And in 2019, we established the Domestic Terrorism-Hate Crimes Fusion Cell, bringing together experts on both. That team addresses the intersection of domestic terrorism and hate crimes, and they share information and resources with our partners in real time. And the fusion cell’s efforts are bearing fruit. 

Just last year, in 2021, Richard Holzer was convicted on both hate crime and explosives charges for plotting to bomb the Temple Emanuel Synagogue in Pueblo, Colorado. Holzer told undercover agents he wanted to do something that would tell Jewish people in the community they weren’t welcome in the town. 

But thanks to the work of our fusion cell, instead, we disrupted his plot before it occurred, and for the first time in recent history made a proactive arrest on a hate crimes charge. 

So whether we’re confronting the threat through a hate crime or counterterrorism lens—or both—our focus is on preventing violent attacks. And within the bounds of the law, we’re creative in how we do that.

When tragedy does strike, we move heaven and earth to find those responsible and to help heal the victims, their families, and their community, much like we did four years ago this October, after the horrific attack on the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. We raced our SWAT team, Lab, explosives experts, crisis negotiators, and more to the scene. 

We also remain a fixture for those affected afterward. In the way our Victim Services Response Team provided food and clothing, grief counseling, financial assistance, and one-stop shopping for federal resources, but also in our continued engagement with the Pittsburgh Jewish community.

When I visited Tree of Life and saw the scene firsthand, I was struck not just by the evil done to individuals that day but by the depth of the wound to that community. It made me angry. It left me feeling the steel in our commitment to battle hate-fueled violence everywhere it touches Jewish Americans. And it once again left me grateful for your help in bringing our new folks to the Holocaust Museum. Because there just can’t be enough reminders of what we’re up against. 

Those are some of the things we in the FBI are doing to address the violence. 

But these threats increasingly require a whole-of-society approach 

So we’re raising awareness through our National Anti-Hate Crimes Campaign, which aims to educate witnesses and victims on how to identify and report hate crimes. And we’ve been engaging the public’s help, too. That includes community leaders, mental health and social services professionals, faith communities, and civil rights and minority groups.

Now, I mentioned that our mission is both to protect Americans and to uphold the Constitution, and both aspects are equally important.  We can’t stop people from thinking or saying hateful things. But there is a right way, under our Constitution and within the rule of law, for someone to express their beliefs, whatever they may be. And violence ain’t it. 

So what we can do—and will always do—is bring the full force of the FBI and our partners to bear across the country, and in every community, when someone threatens or commits violence, we don’t let up, and—like the Nazi Hunters in OSI—our memory is long. We never forget. 
 
Conclusion 

I’d like to leave off with a famous quote from Hillel, the ancient Jewish scholar. Many of you will be familiar with this, but he wrote, quote, “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now—when?” 

This teaching goes hand in hand with that photo from the Holocaust Museum I mentioned earlier, of the police officer standing next to the SS officer and failing to protect people from harm. 

I love the FBI because it’s a collection of men and women who answered Hillel’s question for themselves and underlined their answer by offering their careers, even at the risk of their lives, in service of their purpose. We are for others. For those under threat who need protecting from the violence and destruction of Kristallnacht in Germany 84 years ago this week, to the threats and violence targeting Jewish communities here in the US just across the river last week, we at the FBI recognize that the threat of violent extremism is real, and it’s urgent. 

We devote ourselves every day to protecting the Jewish community—and all American people—from these heinous acts. And I assure you, we’ll remain relentless. 

Thank you very much.

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