C20. FBI Counterterrorism Division

FBI Counterterrorism Division
FBI Counterterrorism Division
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FBI Counterterrorism Division
The Counterterrorism Division (CTD) is a division of the National Security Branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. CTD investigates terrorist threats inside the United States, provides information on terrorists outside the country, and tracks known terrorists worldwide. In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, CTD’s funding and manpower have significantly increased.
The Division employs counterterrorism field operations organized into squads, the number of which varies according to the amount and diversity of activity in the local field office’s jurisdiction. Larger field offices, such as Los Angeles, maintain counterterrorism squads for each major terrorist group, as well as for domestic terrorism and terrorist financing, while smaller field offices combined such responsibilities across two to three squads.
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Special Surveillance Group
The Special Surveillance Group (SSG) is a highly classified unit of non-Special Agents within the Federal Bureau of Investigation specializing in clandestine vehicular and foot surveillance of foreign nationals and U.S. citizens known or suspected of engaging in espionage or terrorism both here in the U.S. as well as around the world. SSG members are titled “Investigative Specialists.”

These Investigative Specialists attend specialized training at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia. They carry FBI credentials and badges, and conduct much of the same investigative work the Special Agents carry out. Even though not Special Agents themselves, SSG ranks have been bolstered with former Police Officers for their experience and are armed.
The International Criminal Police Organization, or INTERPOL, is an intergovernmental organization facilitating international police cooperation. It was established as the International Criminal Police Commission (ICPC) in 1923 and adopted its telegraphic address as its common name in 1956.[3]
Interpol has an annual budget of around €70 million most of which is provided through annual contributions by its membership of 190 countries. The organization’s headquarters is in Lyon, France. It is the second largest intergovernmental organization after the United Nations by member states. In 2012, the Interpol General Secretariat employed a staff of 703 representing 98 member countries.[1] Its current Secretary-General is Ronald Noble, a former United States Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement. Succeeding Khoo Boon Hui, its current President is Deputy Central Director of the French Judicial Police Mireille Balestrazzi.
To keep Interpol as politically neutral as possible, its constitution forbids it, at least in theory, from undertaking interventions or activities of a political, military, religious, or racial nature.[4] Its work focuses primarily on public safety, terrorism, crimes against humanity, environmental crime, genocide, war crimes[citation needed], organized crime, piracy, illicit traffic in works of art, illicit drug production, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, human trafficking, money laundering, child pornography, white-collar crime, computer crime, intellectual property crime and corruption.
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