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FBI director: ‘Terrorism threat is everywhere’
by Hal Boedeker - Contact Reporter
For the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, “CBS This Morning” will offer a sobering and detailed interview with FBI Director Christopher Wray.
“People think of the 9/11 threat, they think New York, they think D.C. Today's terrorism threat is everywhere, coast to coast, north, south, east, west,” Wray tells Norah O’Donnell. “It's a different kind of threat.”
The chat will air in two parts, on Tuesday and Thursday, on the show, which starts at 7 a.m.
O’Donnell talked to Wray at the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in Manhattan, and she will talk with him Wednesday in Washington.
Wray says the United States is “safer” and "dramatically better prepared" to tackle terror threats.
Yet he cautions that cyber threats are “at an all-time high” and that “terrorism today moves at the speed of social media.”
In the in-depth interview, Wray provides details about the fight against terrorism. He says there are about 5,000 terrorism investigations, of which 1,000 are focused on home-grown extremists.
The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force receives “about 15,000” tips a year, he tells O’Donnell. “That's basically 40 tips a day, two tips an hour,” Wray says.
The FBI had about 120 terrorism-related arrests last year alone, Wray explains. “So there's a lot happening every day, 365 days a year right now in the terrorism front,” he says.
Wray gives examples of thwarted plots in the last year or so: at the San Francisco pier, at a shopping mall in Miami and before a Fourth of July celebration in Cleveland.