FBI Director James Comey met with law enforcement officials from all over Western New York on Tuesday and said he was impressed with the coordinated efforts in fighting terrorism, violent crime, and local gangs.
He said the heroin epidemic poses a growing challenge to parents, schools, and those in law enforcement.
“Because cheap, highly pure heroin is becoming sort of the drug of choice in too many communities around the country,” Comey said.
Counter terrorism is the FBI’s number one priority, and he said the greatest challenge now involves cyber intelligence and breaches of internet security.
Comey said, “Those who would do harm to our children, steal our money, steal our secrets, damage our infrastructure. That’s how they come at us.”
The FBI Director believes the government’s controversial use of telephone data falls within constitutional and lawful behavior, but says the matter needs to be discussed further.
“What can’t be said is that this was some kind of rogue, lawless conduct. This was our government operating as it was designed,” said Comey.
On a lighter note, the FBI Director said his meal of wings, pasta, and sponge candy made him a little “whoozy,” but he did name the type of wings he favors.
“Let me tell you the biggest surprise, is…the spicy wings I expected to be good. The barbecue were particularly good, and I’ve lived in the South, and people say barbecue can only be found south of the Mason Dixon, but, quite good,” Comey said.