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Cyberterror & 9-11- FBI Buffalo SAC Brian Boetig

Apr 16, 2014|

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For the next half hour Brian -- is here he is with us in studio and in depth he's a special agent in charge of the buffalo FBI office. We're trying really everything from cyber threats to domestic terrorism. And on the last -- certainly there're a lot of examples talk about agent bode thanks for being here. To talk to me a little bit about domestic terrorism there are certainly examples that stand out and I know you've been close to a couple of these the F Centennial Park bombings in Atlanta. The Murrah building in now Oklahoma City the Boston Marathon bombing certainly top of mine now. But obviously that the one that everyone would think of would be 9/11. Thirteen years later. Has the public become more complacent are they less vigilant because the passage of time has just had a -- in their memory. There is the biggest challenge that I face is time as time passes the time heals all wounds. Very successful in the merit medical and therapeutic world's. But in now fighting -- week we really just can't forget. And making people aware of these events becomes important as many people that are in law enforcement now. That didn't experienced 9/11 or Oklahoma City or Centennial Park bombing. As the event a life changing event it was something that they read about it in the history book. So it becomes challenging to remind them of the sacrifices. That were made on those days. On the eighteenth since two days from now Bailey -- on would have turned twenty years old people don't really remember who she is that. She's in that iconic photo where firefighter Chris fields from Oklahoma City -- care out of the the more positive and we're building. And that's that was the day before she was before she was murdered. That was a birthday and the day after birthdays she goes in just to go to daycare. And I sat in on that for young children and I've really strikes home everytime I see that photo. I was a police officer at a time and Alabama when now Oklahoma City bombing happened in there remember waking up watching the TV. And going to work that dangerous not knowing what to expect. And then you know decade in decade and a half later on in Washington DC her they have a several years later. In DC and now watching the plane strike this towers in new York and I told my wife doesn't have got to go to work on to New York. And I drove by the Pentagon on my way into the Washington field office probably the couple minutes before it got hit got the office every currently running back out there. And I was at the Pentagon. While still on fire and I was going to -- wreckage and we really separating him to. Four different piles plane parts. Body parts classified material and other evidence. And I remember going to -- wreckage and picking up you know humans you know human body parts and trying to realize. This is human being here. And in now is you know over a decade has passed since nine elevenths happened those are still vivid reminders to me. But I have to understand that the new folks getting into law enforcement may have been in second third fourth grade at the time when that happened. And relaying the importance of how critical it is for us to stay on top of our game every single day becomes mind. -- -- -- that you or in buffalo and Western New York what is your biggest concerns the bureau's. Biggest concern. Here in buffalo and Western New York. Biggest concern across the nation and again it transcends all boundaries. Is the cyber threat. And the cyber threat comes from everything. From the lone individual activists who just wants Stan hack into stuff to build up is -- repeat these rumors credentials. To the criminal and organize syndicates that are trying to make it or profit. Espionage. Both corporate espionage and nation state sponsored espionage and foreign countries coming in stealing our. Proprietary information so they can build better military technologies announced that they can beat us in the marketplace. The terrorists use of the Internet. They use -- just like any other legitimate business which uses they use it to recruit people to raise funds to distribute propaganda but they also want to attack us. You know such a way that they can shut down some of our critical infrastructure. And then of course the possibility of -- cyber war at some point. The next battlefield. For our military is going to be fought on the ground and in cyberspace and we need to be prepared. For the ramifications. And fight back that's going to occur. And obviously those are national issues to. But the things you mentioned the hackers for example -- the people conducting espionage corporate espionage are they. Here locally in this region. Or is it just a threat you have to look at because of the the national nature of your office it's absolutely everywhere if you look at the technologies. Here in buffalo and even -- that -- Rochester. If you. What happens is. People and a lot of his other nation states will use us to do their research you know we invest in millions sometimes billions of dollars. In two developing products. And if some other nations able to hack into that that university or that company and steal that they can put on the marketplace a whole lot cheaper. Because they don't have to pay for the research and development. Therefore. Because in the marketplace. -- the cost if you're gonna buy it from the original. Proprietary very creator of it it's gonna cost a little bit more they produce a cheaper. And they end up putting these businesses out of out of business and it and it ruins American prosperity.