The Straits Times
Published on Nov 19, 2012

"A little paranoia" keeps US vigilant: FBI official


WASHINGTON (AFP) - More than a decade after the 9/11 attacks, "a little paranoia" on the part of the American people helps the country remain vigilant to terror threats, said a top FBI official.

"The FBI is about two things - it's about arresting people and neutralising threats," said Mr Michael Clancy, deputy assistant director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's counterterrorism division.

Mr Clancy in particular was talking about Operation Tripwire, an initiative begun several years ago and aimed at raising awareness among businesses about terror threats, and teaching them what to do if they see something suspicious.

"Churches, businesses - it is their responsibility too to report actions as they see," Mr Clancy told the Agence France-Presse in an interview.