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Counterterrorism Section

The Counterterrorism Section (CTS) is responsible for the design, implementation, and support of law enforcement efforts, legislative initiatives, policies and strategies relating to combating international and domestic terrorism. The Section seeks to assist, through investigation and prosecution, in preventing and disrupting acts of terrorism anywhere in the world that impact on significant United States interests and persons. The Section's responsibilities include:

  • investigating and prosecuting domestic and international terrorism cases;
  • investigating and prosecuting terrorist financing matters, including material support cases;
  • participating in the systematic collection and analysis of data and information relating to the investigation and prosecution of terrorism cases;
  • coordinating with U.S. government agencies (including the Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, and the Treasury; the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. intelligence community) to facilitate prevention of terrorist activity through daily detection and analysis and to provide information and support to the field;
  • investigating and prosecuting matters involving torture, genocide and war crimes that are linked to terrorist groups and individuals;
  • formulating legislative initiatives and DOJ policies and guidelines relating to terrorism;
  • conducting training conferences, seminars and lectures on terrorism-related topics including substantive law, policy, procedure and guidelines for foreign and domestic law enforcement personnel, intelligence officials, the private sector and the general public;
  • assisting the Anti-Terrorism Task Force Coordinators in the U.S. Attorney's Offices through the Regional Coordinator system by facilitating information sharing between and among prosecutors nationwide on terrorism matters, cases and threat information;
  • participating in the foreign terrorist organization designation process with the Departments of State and Treasury and other Department of Justice components;
  • staffing the FBI's Strategic Information Operation Center (SIOC) during crisis incidents;
  • sharing information and trouble-shooting issues with international prosecutors, agents and investigating magistrates to assist in addressing international threat information and litigation initiatives; and
  • providing legal advice to federal prosecutors concerning numerous federal statutes, including:
    • aircraft piracy and related offenses (49 U.S.C. §§ 46501-07);
    • aircraft sabotage (18 U.S.C. § 32);
    • crimes against immediate family members of all federal officials (18 U.S.C. § 115) and against internationally protected persons (18 U.S.C. §§ 112, 878, 1116, 1201(a)(4));
    • sea piracy (18 U.S.C. § 1651);
    • hostage taking (18 U.S.C. § 1203);
    • terrorist acts abroad, including murder, against United States Nationals (18 U.S.C. § 2332);
    • acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries (18 U.S.C. § 2332b);
    • conspiracy within the United States to murder, kidnap, or maim persons or to damage property overseas (18 U.S.C. § 956);
    • provision of material support to terrorists and terrorist organizations (18 U.S.C. §§ 2339A, 2339B, 2339C, 2339D);
    • use of biological, nuclear, chemical or other weapons of mass destruction (18 U.S.C. §§ 175, 831, 2332c, 2332a);
    • genocide (18 U.S.C. § 1091);
    • war crimes (18 U.S.C. § 2441); and
    • torture (18 U.S.C. § 2340A).
Updated July 23, 2014