The FBI’s Curious History with WMDs

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MAY 19, 2017 Weapons of Mass Destruction FBI

The FBI is responsible for keeping chemical weapons out of the hands of terrorists. 

In July 2006, the FBI created the Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Directorate to build a cohesive and coordinated approach to incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear (CBRN) material—with an overriding focus on prevention. The WMD Directorate proactively seeks out and relies on intelligence to drive preparedness, countermeasures, and investigations designed to keep WMD threats from becoming reality.

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OCT 18, 2011 Ten Years After 9/11 and the Anthrax Attacks: Protecting Against Biological Threats FBI

The FBI is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for the investigation of WMD threats, having authority both inside and outside the country.

The FBI is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for investigation of WMD threats. In particular, the FBI has authorities relating to the investigation, prevention, and response regarding individuals that attempt to obtain or use WMD materials, technology, and expertise.

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Additionally, the WMDD maintains detailees at the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the Republic of Georgia, and Singapore for international coordination.

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MAR 31, 2005 The Commission on the Intelligence Capabilities of the United States Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction NEW YORK TIMES

The Intelligence Community assessed the risk of Libya’s WMD threat 

We conducted case studies of our intelligence agencies’ recent performance assessing the risk of WMD in Libya and Afghanistan, and our current capabilities with respect to several of the world’s most dangerous state and non-state proliferation threats.

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