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FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force educates mayors

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by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - In order to educate the island community that acts of terrorism are no laughing matter, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force gave a presentation to the island's mayors this morning.

Special Agent John Kowatch says the priority is protecting the citizens of Guam and keeping our community safe. He says the biggest issues the task force deals with are international terrorism, domestic terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. For example, he says while Guam may not think much of groups linked to international terrorism, it's important to be vigilant.

"Why are these so important to Guam? Because they are all visa waiver countries and these people come here without a visa. So the Russians, the Chinese, the Bangladeshis are coming to Guam and lot of them live here and 90 percent of them are good people but there's the 10 percent that we need to be concerned about," he explained.

He adds its important to be aware to situations such as last weekend's bomb threat where a suspicious package was found in the Sagan Linayan area in Dededo resulting in close to 100 people to be evacuated from their homes. The task force will be meeting with mayors individually to further address concerns.
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