|Budget cuts could mean less FBI in Houston.|
James Comey, the new director for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has been doing what new directors of powerful programs (and monarchs) do: touring the country checking out the field offices for the FBI.
Comey made a point of stopping in Houston last week, because Houston is a key city for the FBI, he said. Being along the water and close to the border (relatively speaking), Houston is comparable to New York City in the FBI system, he told KUHF.
If the New York comparison didn't tip you off, Comey said a lot of glowing stuff about Houston before letting the bomb drop that Houston may be on the important side, but that won't protect the office from the cuts that are likely on the horizon.
"It's a center of international commerce and arts and education. It sits very close to an international border and waterways," Comey told KUHF. "So, like New York, which is very similar in a lot of ways -- although the weather is much better here, and I'm told the barbecue is better here -- like New York, it poses all those challenges. The great part about it is, the world is here. Potentially the bad part about it is, bad actors from the world will learn of Houston and be in Houston."More »