The New York Times reported February 19, 2015 that the senior most American official in charge of preventing terrorist attacks on American soil, F.B.I. Director James B. Comey, was not invited to the meeting on Countering Violent Extremism.
The White House did not invite the director of the FBI to its Summit on Countering Violent Extremism this week, saying it did not want the focus of the conference to be on federal law enforcement, The New York Times reported.
It was noted, however, that James Comey’s Russian counterpart, Aleksandr Bortnikov, was invited to the meeting.
The Times said that the decision not to invite Comey adds more uncertainty to who in the government is leading the country’s efforts to counter extremists.
“While the FBI works tirelessly to keep the country safe, this conference was not centered on federal law enforcement,” an Obama administration official told the Times.
The official added that the administration’s efforts to counter violent extremists “are premised on the notion that local officials and communities can be an effective bulwark against violent extremism, and most of the participants — spanning community leaders, local law enforcement, private sector innovators, and others — reflected this bottom-up approach.”
FULL STORY HERE: NY Times