|US STILL A TARGET
“We continue to exploit the materials seized from bin Laden’s compound,” FBI Director Robert Mueller said.
WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert Mueller told Congress yesterday that one of the early assessments from the intelligence gathered at Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan is that Al Qaeda remains committed to attacking the United States.
“We continue to exploit the materials seized from bin Laden’s compound’’ and “we are focused on the new information about the homeland threat gained from this operation,’’ Mueller told the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is considering legislation that would extend Mueller’s job for up to two more years.
Mueller got a favorable reception from Republicans and Democrats on the proposal, initiated by President Obama.
James Comey, a former deputy attorney general under George W. Bush, told the committee that “there are bad, and even potentially dangerous, times to change directors, and this is one of them.’’
A cosponsor of the legislation, Senator Charles Grassley, Republican of Iowa, said continuity in the arenas of national security and counterterrorism is important, especially in light of increased threats.