Robert Muller


Belgium-born French International Civil Servant with the United Nations, Assistant Secretary-General for 40 years, known as "the philosopher of the United Nations"

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I asked a Burmese why women, after centuries of following their men, now walk ahead. He said there were many unexploded land mines since the war.

People talk about the Patriot Act that was passed immediately in the wake of September 11. What the Patriot Act did was break down the walls between the various agencies.

Use every letter you write, every conversation you have, every meeting you attend, to express your fundamental beliefs and dreams. Affirm to others the vision of the world you want. You are a free, immensely powerful source of life and goodness. Affirm it. Spread it. Radiate it. Think day and night about it and you will see a miracle happen: the greatness of your own life.

I didn't know the organization, but the one thing you can say about the FBI, it's tremendously professional.

Prior to the passage of the Patriot Act, it was very difficult - often impossible - for us to share information with the Central Intelligence Agency, with NSA, with the other intelligence agencies, and likewise, for them to share information with us.

We cannot go up on a wire. We cannot do a search without a judge on the FISA Court approving it and determining that we have met the standard that has been set forth by Congress in order to utilize these techniques.

I know when I was here prosecuting homicides in the District of Columbia, one of the most effective units here was the cold case squad, which had on it FBI agents, as well as Metropolitan Police Department homicide detectives working together.

Secondly, not only have we put additional agents on counterterrorism, but we've also built up our analytical structure so that we're better positioned to analyze the information we have.

We had to address information technology in the ways we had not before and give the agents the tools that they need to do their job more efficiently and more expeditiously.

All I'm going to tell you is investigations, whether it be this and others, where you have partial facts, analysts, agents are always trying to interpret what those facts mean, extrapolate from them what they mean.

I pay homage to my co-laureate, Mrs. Elise Boulding for her action which has led to the creation of the prestigious Institute for Peace by the Government of the United States of America. May all countries follow that example; 18. I dream of the creation of a World Peace Service which would allow young people from all countries to work together for peace and humanitarian causes instead of military service; 19. I dream of the birth of a true world literature whose best-sellers would be works of peace and non-violence; 20. I hope that the University for Peace will establish a global peace strategy which would reach from outer-space to the atom, encompassing all aspects of our planetary home, the atmosphere, the seas and oceans, the polar caps, the continents, nations, regions, cities and villages; and from the whole human family to the individual, encompassing races, peoples, cultures, religions, generations, professions, institutions, firms, the family and all groups and associations created by the human race to attain a greater level of happiness and fulfillment; 21. I pray that all human beings of this Earth become instruments of peace, thus fulfilling the cosmic function deeply engraved in each of us and for which we were born and allowed to live temporarily on this beautiful planet in the vast universe and eternal stream of time. The peace of the world is the sum-total of the peace of all individuals. 22. I hope that the United Nations General Assembly will proclaim a worldwide celebration of the Year 2000, to which Unesco would contribute its vision and projects in the fields of education, science and culture for the next millennium; 23. I dream that the United Nations flag and United Nations hymn composed by Pablo Casals will spread world-wide and that 24 October, anniversary of the birth of the United Nations, will be celebrated in all countries as is recommended by the General Assembly; 24. Finally, I pray that the United States will take again their seat at Unesco and resume their visionary and dynamic role at the United Nations and in all Specialized Agencies of the United Nations, so indispensable at this crucial stage of history when world problems multiply unceasingly. We should remember these last lines of a text which Franklin Roosevelt wrote in his own hand on the day of his death for a speech he was to deliver at the opening of the San Francisco Conference convened to give birth to the United Nations from the ashes and blood of the sixty million dead of World War II: This work, my friends, is peace: more than an end of this war -- an end to the beginning of all wars. I ask you to keep up your faith. The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with a strong and active faith.

So there is a foreign intelligence purpose for every one of our FISA warrants.

What the world needs most is openness: Open hearts Open doors Open eyes Open minds Open ears Open souls.

And at that point, I think we all realized it was something tremendously tragic, probably a terrorist attack, and the next step was to go down to our command center and get things going.

I think around the world, our agents are the best collectors of information you'll find.

So without getting into the specifics, I can tell you that to the extent that investigation is a relatively important investigation and meaningful, the president would have been periodically briefed.

What we bring to the table is not only our 56 field offices in the United States and our number of resident agencies, but also we have 45 legal attaches overseas.

And from the moment that we realized it was a terrorist attack, there isn't an agent or a support person in the FBI that wasn't committed to bringing to justice those who were responsible for this.

I would say in just about every investigation we have, there will be differences of opinion, where you have partial facts, as to what those facts mean.

Something is not yet right and ripe in our human society at the beginning of the 21st century and third millennium: missing is an unprecedented vision, boldness and courage to fashion a new, promising, better future. Our beliefs, society, ways of life, institutions and future goals must be reviewed and reappraised fundamentally from scratch

And so every one of us in the FBI, I don't care if it's a file clerk someplace or an agent there or a computer specialist, understands that our main mission is to protect the public from another September 11, another terrorist attack.

If heads of states fail to seize the opportunity of our entry into the third millennium to provide for a better government of planet Earth, history will not forgive them -- if there is a history.

Terrorism does remain the FBI's top priority, but in the not too-distant-future we anticipate that the cyberthreat will pose the greatest threat to our country.

As I said before, there are often disagreements as to what a particular set of facts mean. That is not at all unusual, and one shouldn't read into it more than is there.

If the level and amount of consumption and waste of the western ?rich? countries ever reaches the poor countries, it will mean the end of humanity. The big world corporations are busy doing it?The production, selling, consumption, accumulation, wastes? and advertisement explosions in the western ?rich? countries and the continued population explosion in the poor countries will turn into major catastrophes.

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Belgium-born French International Civil Servant with the United Nations, Assistant Secretary-General for 40 years, known as "the philosopher of the United Nations"