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On the Ground in Kenya
Part 1: A Conversation with Our Legal Attach in Nairobi
The FBIs legal attach, or legat, program places Bureau personnel in more than 60 countries around
the world. Working primarily through U.S. Embassies, our employees serve at the pleasure of host
country governments, and their core mission is to establish and maintain liaison with local law
enforcement and security services. Such partnerships are critical in the fight against international
terrorism, cyber crime, and a range of other criminal and intelligence matters. recently sat down with Dennis Brady, the Bureaus legal attach in Nairobi, Kenya, to talk about
our partnerships with the Kenyans and our work in that region of the world.
Q: What are the key threats in Kenya
that impact Americans and U.S.
Brady: The terrorist organization al
Shabaab has been the biggest threat we
face. Members of that group use IEDs
[improvised explosive devices] to carry
out terrorist attacks. They are known to
throw grenades into local buses and
attack local police officers. They also
have a history of kidnapping Americans
in Somaliaan area that our legat office
covers. Piracy in Somalia is also a
continuing threat.

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FBI Legal Attach Offices
The FBI has offices around the globe. These officescalled legal
attachs or legatsare located in U.S. embassies. More
continuing threat.
Q: What types of FBI personnel are
posted to Legat Nairobi?
Brady: In addition to our administrative
and support staff, we have a special agent bomb technician, a member of the FBIs counterterrorism fly
team, and a Hostage Rescue Team operator embedded on a permanent rotating basis. So when
something happensa kidnapping or an act of terror or piracywe can respond immediately with a full
range of Bureau expertise.
Q: Is that expertise also used to help train Kenyan law enforcement?
Brady: Absolutely. Training is one of our key functions, and its been going on for years. We train
Kenyan law enforcement personnel in a variety of disciplines, including crime scenes, IEDs, and tactics.
We also provide instruction in areas such as fingerprinting, cyber investigations, evidence collection,
intelligence analysis, interview techniques, and major case management. In the past few years, the
Bureau has conducted more than 40 training sessions in Kenya and has trained more than 800
individuals. We also have 10 Kenyan graduates of the FBIs National Academy who are still active in law
enforcement. The Kenyans are very receptive to everything we offer and are enthusiastic, active
participants in the process. What we provide supplements their own training and significantly improves
their capacity to do their jobs.
Q: Does the training have other benefits?
Brady: Yes, it further strengthens our working relationship with the Kenyans and reminds us of how
much we have in common. Kenya was formerly a British colony and has a European-style legal system.
The police and defense forces are separate, and the country operates its law enforcement and courts
under the rule of law. Kenya also has an extradition treaty with the U.S., so when we locate fugitives, we
can get them removed through the legal process and extradited back to the U.S. to face justice. All of
these things make for good partnerships, and that becomes critical when you are responding to a crisis
like the Westgate Mall terror attack a few months ago. In a life and death situation like that, everyone
needs to know they can rely on one another.
Next: The Westgate Mall attack and its aftermath.