FBI director James Comey to speak at UT intelligence symposium

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FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015, file photo, FBI Director James Comey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After canceling his South by Southwest appearance, James Comey, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is slated to attend a symposium at the University of Texas at Austin Thursday.

The symposium, hosted by the Intelligence Studies Project at The University of Texas at Austin and the Business Executives for National Security, invites high-profile individuals to discuss national security challenges that face our intelligence and law enforcement agencies in detecting and disrupting terror attacks inside the U.S.

Comey will be joined by the following individuals:

      • Thomas Bossert, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism
      • Adm. Kurt Tidd, Commander, U.S. Southern Command
      • Lt. Gen. John Bansemer, Assistant Director of National Intelligence
      • Steve McCraw, Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety
      • William McRaven, Chancellor of the University of Texas System

Those putting on the event say ‘home grown terrorists’ are the new threat being addressed after mass shootings in places like San Bernardino or the nightclub shootings in Orlando.

State and local senior officials like the Texas Department of Public Safety, will talk about its role and the obstacles they face when it comes to working with the federal government.

“We’ll hear from both sides of that discussion to see if they are sharing information adequately and whether the state and local folks responsible for security really feel that they have all that they need to keep the country safe or at least keep their region safe,” said Stephen Slick, Director of Intelligence Studies Project at UT.

The event is free and open to the public; however, advanced registration is required for each session. The session runs from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 23 at Etter-Harbin Alumni Center Ballroom, 2111 San Jacinto Blvd.

Earlier this week, Comey was called to testify in a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee regarding whether or not Russia interfered in the 2016 election.

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