$25 million is a whole lot of money, and The Puget Sound Joint Terrorism Taskforce (PSJTTF) is now giving Seattle locals an opportunity to collect. That is, if you have information regarding a terrorist.
Starting this week as part of a publicity campaign in Seattle, the U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice Program (RFJ) is offering up the big money “for information that helps stop terrorism” an FBI release states. Wanted posters will start popping up around Seattle over the next several months featuring terrorists being sought, and contact information for the feds. This will extend to “highway billboards, airport displays, bus posters, and elsewhere,” the release reads. This program is nothing new of course if you have watched any movie with a hint of espionage.
According to the release, the program “played a significant role in the arrest of international terrorist Ramzi Yousef, who was convicted in the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center,” with the program paying out $125 million to more then 80 people since its inception. The selection of Seattle is no accident, and was decided after a move by The State Department:
The State Department supported the PSJTTF’s nomination of Seattle to publicize RFJ because Seattle’s diverse and globally connected population frequently travels from this international hub and may come across useful information overseas.
In the FBI release, Seattle residents are credited with overturning “Many despicable plots—from illicit drug trafficking to violent acts of terrorism,” said FBI Special Agent-in-Charge Laura M. Laughlin of the FBI Seattle Division. “Members of Seattle’s community have time and time again shown themselves to be concerned about protecting their families, their neighbors, and their freedom.” The full release from the Feds can be seen below:
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