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i told jim, who is 6'8", as you can see, to watch his head. jim didn't need any prompting from me. he's a modest guy. he has always been serious about his work, but at core he never takes himself too seriously. after that first year i had high expectations for jim, that they had been exceeded is due in no small part to the open, genero generous, modest kind of person that he is. jim, of course, is a fine lawyer, hard working and smart, but also a natural leader who inspires those around him. this ability to inspire has been evident throughout his remarkable career in law enforcement. as a decorated assistant u.s. attorney for the southern district of new york. deputy attorney general under attorney general ashcroft in the bush administration, he has
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achieved what one thought was the pinnacle of a law enforcement career. and now this. all of this experience, all of this past experience that jim has had makes him particularly well suited to lead the fbi as it's director. jim understands that justice in this country does not just happen because we're a great constitutional democracy. it depends upon the hard work of thousands of men and women for whole the ideawhom the ideals oa reality every day. for the men and women of the fbi i can say that jim appreciates the full worth of what you do. you can be sure that your director will steer a straight course. he will insist that investigations be thoroughly pursued to wherever they may go. as a former prosecutor in the front line against terrorism he will lead in that struggle. jim will be independent. in a town in which politics determine so much, perhaps too much jim will pay it no heed.
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for him there will be no room in the fbi for untoward influence. as a law clerk 28 years ago jim first took the oath of public office that he will now take, the very same oath. and for those who all hold the public trust these words have a special meaning, and it will guide jim's tenure as your fbi director. shall we administer the oath? >> raise your right hand. repeat after me. i, james b comey do solemnly swear that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states against all enemies foreign and domestic. that i will bear true faith allegiance to the same. that i take this obligation
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freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion. and that i will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which i'm about to enter. so help me god. congratulations. >> thank you. [applause] >> it's official. in april 2009 we were honored to welcome president obama to fbi headquarters for the first time.
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and today we are equally honored to have him here with us. ladies and gentlemen, the 44th president of the united states, president barack obama. [applause] >> obama: thank you, thank you. thank you so much. thank you very much. thank you. thank you so much, thank you. everybody be seated. those of you who have seats. well, good afternoon, everybody. i am so proud to be here, and to stand once again with so many dedicated men and women of the fbi. you are the best of the best day in and day out. you work tirelessly to confront the most dangerous threats our nation faces. you serve with courage.
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you serve with integrity. you protect americans at home and abroad. you lock up criminals. you secure the homeland against the threat of terrorism. without a lot of fanfare, without seeking the spotlight you do your jobs all the while up holding our most cherished values and the rule of law. fidelity, bravery, integrity. that's your motto. and today we're here to welcome a remarkable new leader for this remarkable institution, one who lives those principles out every single day, mr. jim comey. before i get to jim i want to thank all the predecessors here
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today. i have to give a special shout out to bob moller who served longer than he was supposed to, but he was such an extraordinary leader through some of the most difficult times that we've had in national security, and i consider him a friend, and i'm so grateful in him being here today. thank you very much. [applause] now jim has dedicated his life to defending our laws, making sure that all americans can trust our justice system to protect their rights and their well-being. he is the grand son, a
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prosecutor who helped to bring down the gambinos. he is the attorney who stood against gun violence, rub out white-collar crime, deliver justice to terrorisms. it's hard to find a matter of justice he has not tackled, and it's har hard to imagine someono is not more uniquely qualified to lead a bureau that covers all of it. traditional threats like violence from organized crime and changing threats of cybersecurity. so he's got the resumé. of course, jim is also a famou famously cool character. the calmest in the room during a crisis. here's what a fellow former prosecutor said about him. he said, you know that kipling line if you can keep your head when all about you are losing
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theirs, that's jim. there's also a story from the time during his prosecution of the gambino crime family there was a hit man named lorenzo. during the trial jim won an award from the new york city bar association. when the court convened the next morning everyone was buzzing about it. a note was passed down from the defendant's table to the prosecutor's table. it reward, dear jim congratulations on your award. you're a true professional, sincerely lorenzo. sincerely, lorenzo. we don't know how sincere he was. we don't know whether this was a veiled threat or plea for leniency or an honest compliment, but think it's fair to say that jim has won the
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respect of folks across the spectrum, including lorenzo. he is a perfect leader for an organization whose walls are graced by the words of a legendary former director. jim has worked with many of more than 35,000 men and women of the fbi over the course of his long and distinguished career, and it is his admiration and respect for all of you individually, his recognition of the hard work that you do every day sometimes under extraordinarily difficult circumstances, not just the folks out in the field, but also folks working the back rooms doing the hard work out of sight, his recognition that your mission is important is what compelled him to answer the call to serve his country again. the fbi joins forces with our
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intelligence, our military and homeland security professionals to break up all manner of threats, from bringing down drug rings, those who endanger children, and your mission keeps expanding because the nature of the threats are always changing. unfortunately, the resources a lotted to that mission has been reduced by sequestration. i'll keep fighting for those resources. because our country asks and expects a lot from you, and we should make sure that you have got the resources you need to do the job, especially when many of your colleagues put their lives on the line on a daily basis all to serve an protect our fellow citizens. the least we can do is make sure that you have the resources for it and your operations are not disrupted because of politics in this town. [applause]
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now the good news is things like courage, leadership, judgment, and compassion, those resources are potentially at least impossible. that's why we seek out the best people who can serve, people who have earned the public trust, adjustment, those who possess not just a keen knowledge of the law, but also a moral campus that they and we can always count on. that's who we've got in jim comey. i'll tell you, i interviewed a number of extraordinary candidates for this job. all with sterling credentials, but what gave me confidence that this was the right man for the job wasn't his degrees, it wasn't his resumé. it was in talking to him and seeing his amazing family, a
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sense that this is somebody who knows what's right and what's wrong. and is willing to act on that basis every single day. that's why i'm so grateful that he signed up to serve again. i will spare you another joke of again how no one stands taller. i simply want to thank jim forcepsing this role. i want thank patrice, the five remarkable children that they've got because jobs like this are a team effort, as you well know. i want to thank most of all the men and women of the fbi. i'm proud of your work. i'm grateful for your service. i'm absolutely confident that this agency will continue to flourish with jim at the helm, and if he gets lost in the building, i want you guys to help him out.
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because i guarantee you that he's going to have your back. make sure you have his back as well. thank you very much. god bless you. >> president obama announcing the appointment of james comey as the seventh director of the fbi. to those of you who don't know on september he was sworn in officially. this being a ceremony that allows his family to watch and listen. these are sometimes ordinary people who all of a sudden their lives change dramatically on the day that mr. comey became the fbi director. the day after he became director there was a car with security there to make sure he got to work safely. james comey, the seventh director of the federal bureau of investigations. standing tall at 6'8" which makes him one of the tallest men in washington.
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>> thank you, shawn, thank you, mr. president, thank you for gracing us for your presence, and speaking to eloquently about the mission of the fbi and it's great people. thank you also to my friends and family who are gathered here today. my entire life is literally represented in this crowd, and it is a pretty picture. these are the people that i have known and loved literally my entire life, and from whom i have learned so much. i'm especially grateful that my dad and my sister and my brothers could be here today. i wish so much that mom could be here to enjoy this amazing day. i can still hear ringing in my tired teenage years her voice as she snapped open the shades every single morning and said, rise and shine and show the world what you're made of. i found it less inspiring at the
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time, but it made us who we are. i'll never forget that. to my five troops and my amazing bride who talked me into being interviewed for this job. of course with the caveat that she would be okay because the president would never pick me. i got to tell you this is your last chance to talk to him about it. mr. president, i am so grateful for this honor and this opportunity to serve with the men and women of the fbi. they are standing all around this great court yard, and standing on duty all around this country and around this world at the moment. i know already that this is the best job i have ever had and will ever have. that's because i have a front-row seat to watch the work of a remarkable group of people who serve this country. folks from all walks of life who
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join the fbi for the same reason. they were teachers, soldiers, police officers, and scholars, software engineers, people from all walks of life who wanted to do good for a living. they wanted jobs with moral content, so she joined this great organization. i thought about them as i stood in this court yard just a week ago and showed the statute that overlooks the ceremony. fidelity, bravery and integrity. as i thought about that statute and those words and the ceremony i thought i would take a couple of minutes and tell what you those words mean and why i think they belong on our shield. first fidelity. the dictionary defines fidelity as a strict and continuing faithfulness to an obligation, trust or duty. to my mind that word on our shield reminds us that the fbi must abide two obligations at
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the same time. first the fbi must be independent of all political forces or interests in this country. in a real sense it must stand apart from other constitutions in american life. but second, at the same time, it must be part of the united states department of justice and constrain by the rule of law and the checks and balances built into our brilliant design by our nation's founders. there is attention reflected in the tenure term that i just begun. the term is ten years to insure independence but it is a fixed term of years to be sure that power is not concentrated in one person and unconstrained. the need for reflection and restraint of power is what led
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louy free to order all agent classes visit the holocaust museum here in washington so they can hear, feel, and see in a palpable the consequences of abusive power on a massive almost unimaginable scale. bob muller continued that practice, and again when we have agents from quantico. lessons hard learned from this nation's constitution. the first half century or so was a time of great progress and achievement for this country and for the bureau. but it also saw abuse and overreach respect to martin luther king and others who were viewed as internal security threats. as i think about the unique balance represented by fidelity and independence on one hand and the rule of law on the other i think it also makes sense for me
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to offer a reminder closer to our own history. i'm going to direct all new agents and analysts also visit the martin luther king memorial here in washington. i think it will serve as a different kind of lesson. one more personal to the bureau of the dangers of becoming untethered to oversight and accountability. that word fidelity belongs on our shield. next bravery. we have perpetrated a myth in our society that being brave means not being afraid but that's wrong. mark twain once said, quote, is resistence to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear. if you've ever talked to a special agent you know well, and you ask he or she about a dangerous encounter they were involved in, they'll give you the same answer, yeah, i did it but i was scared the whole time.
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that's the essence of bravery. only a crazy person would not feel fear to approach tinted windows at a midnight stop. or roping down by helicopter into fire. people feel that fear in the pit of their stomachs. the difference between them and most folks, they do it any way. they volunteer to do that for a living. what makes the bravery of the men and women of the fbi so special is that they know exactly what they're in for. they spend weeks and weeks in an academy learning how hard and dangerous this work is. then they raise their right hands and take an oath and do that work any way. they have seen the wall of honor that i hope so much my friends and guests and family will be able to see inside this building with pictures and links to the lives of those who gave the last full measure of devotion to their country as fbi employees.
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civil general sherman said this, i will find true courage in the measure of danger and the mental willingness to endure it. i called a special agent a few weeks ago after he had been shot during an arrest. i knew before i called him that he had already been injured severely twice in his bureau career. once in a terrorist bombing, and once in a helicopter crash. yet when i got him on the phone i got the strong sense he couldn't wait to get me off the phone. he was embarrassed by my call. mr. director, it was a through-and-through wound. no big deal. he was more worried about his bureau car which he had left at the scene of the shooting. he felt okay because his wifes will a special agent, was going to get the car, so everything was fine. the men and women of this organization understand
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perfectly the danger they're in every day and choose to endure it because they believe in this mission. that's why bravery belongs on our shield. and finally integrity. integrity is derived from the latin word meaning whole. a person of integrity is complete, undivided, sincerity, decency, trustworthy are sin in this matters of integrity. it's on our shield because it is the quality that makes possible all the good that we do. because everything we do requires that we be believed. whether that is promising a source that we will protect her, telling a jury what we saw or heard, or telling a congressional oversight committee or the american people what we're doing with our power and our authorities. we must be believed. without integrity all is lost. we cannot do the good that all of these amazing people signed up to do. the fbi's reputation for
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integrity is a gift given to every new employee by those who went before. but it is a gift that must be protected and earned every single day. we protect that gift by making mistakes and admitting them, by making promises and keeping th them, and by realizing that nothing, no case, no source, no fear of embarrassment is worth jeopardizing the gift of integrity. integrity must be on the fbi shield. so you see those three words, fidelity, bravery, and integri integrity, capture the essence of the fbi and its people. and they also explain why i am here. i wanted to be here to work along side those people to represent them, help them accomplish their mission, and to just be their colleague. it is an honor and a challenge
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beyond description. i will do my absolute best to be worthy of it. thank you very much. [applause] >> that is james comey. he is now the seventh director of the fbi officially sworn in september. ceremonially sworn in a short time ago. he basically made history by saying he was going to continue the practice of his predecessor telling incoming agents from agm quantico to go to the holocaust museum and also to go to the martin luther king monument. and just a few years ago classified files were revealed that they suspected martin luther king. and james comey sworn in just a few moments ago. we want to take time to take a look at our top stories.
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"el mundo" reporting allegations of leaders. and members of the u.e. delegation just moments ago after meeting with u.s. leaders. >> we have to discuss why this is happening and what kind of trust is preferred in the end we're fighting a battle of security and we need to get that balance right. we're concerned, too, about security. we've made that clear, but also the balance struck for the privacy of citizens. >> also today the u.n. arab league envoy trying to build support for peace talks planned for geneva next month. after a yeaa year after supm sandy, ellis island opens but
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artifacting still remain in storage. opponents in texas suing to stop the law saying that abortion laws unconstitution. that law requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at hospitals. fans around the world are mourning the death of rock legend lou reed who died at the age of 71. startinstarting with the velvet underground helped to change the sounds of rock-n-roll forever. carlos monthly lena tells us this is the life of lou reed. >> reporter: for lou reed life was expressed through music. his band, the velvet underground set the tone for rock and the punk music movement in the 1760s and early 70s. >> for a lot of people who like
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a lot of indy rock, pumping music, lou is as important as the beatles. >> reporter: back in the 1960s lou reed and othe other iconic musical figures called this home at one time or another and used it as musical inspiration. >> reporter: fans drop off flowers to pa pay tribute to re. >> the velvet underground were years ahead of their time. >> when i was in high school he was my musical taste. growing up in a small town of wyoming and listening to that kind of music, it was just so bizarre and different from all the country western that i livee listened to. >> reporter: reed and the velvet underground first album sold few
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copies. >> only 30,000 people bought their first album but they all went on to start their own rock bands. >> that is juan carlos molina with more on the life of lou reed, died at the age of 71. i'm del walters in new york. what show. that's the name of it, next.
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>> welcome to. i'm del walters. these are the stories we're following for you. want to know about the nsa spying allegations. ellis island opened for the first time since hurricane sandy hit last year. and now there's a new fbi director. spain is now the latest u.s. ally complaining about those american surveillance programs. spain's


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