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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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.

The 19 hijackers that came over here to commit the attack on Sept. 11, there were those that were at the bottom of the line. There were those who were the principal conspirators. There were those who were the pilot. Everybody has a role.

But since September 11, we have made every effort to try to work closely with state and local law enforcement.

If you look at the 19 hijackers who came to the United States in Sept. 11 to commit those acts, if you'd looked at them before they got onto a plane, you could probably say the same thing. There were various levels of expertise, various levels of competence.

The collapse of Enron was devastating to tens of thousands of people and shook the public's confidence in corporate America.

But we had - I think if you look at law enforcement 10 years ago, if you look at the challenges, the FBI was focused excessively on what was happening in the United States.

In order to be successful against each of these threats, we have to have a presence overseas, work closely not only with our counterparts in the law enforcement community, but also with the intelligence community.

The FBI's principal priority right now is protecting the United States against another terrorist attack.

Dear friends, human language is often insufficient to express deep emotions and finds itself reinforced in such circumstances by tears and internal images. When I received your telegram, tears came to my eyes as well as an image from my childhood: that of a young boy who from his window high up in the house of his parents in Sarreguemines, Alsace-Lorraine, was contemplating a border. It was a line not to be trespassed. Beyond it lived hereditary enemies, people we were to despise and even hate. And yet they spoke the same language and had the same names as we. And when I lifted my eyes to the sky, I saw stars, a sun, a moon, clouds and birds who ignored totally that border. And I dreamt that someday I would be allowed to work for its suppression.

In planning an attack, persons have various roles.

The single most important contribution any of us can make to the planet is a return to frugality.

Decide to be happy. Render others happy. Proclaim your joy. Love passionately your miraculous life. Do not listen to promises. Do not wait for a better world. Be grateful for every moment of life. Switch on and keep on the positive. buttons in yourself, those marked optimism, serenity, confidence, positive thinking, love, Pray and thank God every day. Meditate. Smile. Laugh. Whistle. Sing. Dance. Look with fascination at everything. Fill your lungs and heart with liberty. Be yourself fully and immensely. Act like a king unto Death. Feel God in your body, mind, heart, and soul. And be convinced of eternal life and resurrection.

In the context of September 11, there were so many that lost their lives that - how do you single out one person? There were so many acts of heroism that day from so many people, whether it be firemen and police officers in New York and our agents also.

The world?s major religions in the end all want the same thing, even though they were born in different places and circumstances on this planet. What the world needs today is a convergence of the different religions in the search for and definition of the cosmic or divine laws which ought to regulate our behavior on this planet.

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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"