President Obama Phones Denver FBI Team to Thank Them for Recent Terror Arrests

By Jacqueline Klingebiel

Oct 23, 2009 5:45pm

ABC News' Jake Tapper and Clayton Sandell report: In his continuing effort to thank the law enforcement personnel who stopped alleged terrorist plotter Najibullah Zazi, President Obama on Thursday called the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force in Denver and spoke to FBI Special Agent in Charge Jim Davis and about thirty of his fellow JTTF members.

Davis tells ABC News the call from the president was a huge boost to morale for agents still working the case.
"I've been doing this for 25 years and I'm not aware of any time the president has ever called the special agent in charge of a field office to communicate his thanks for an investigative effort," Davis said.

Law enforcement officials say that Zazi, 24, an airport shuttle driver at the Denver airport, was part of terrorism bomb plot against New York City. He and two others have been arrested; several other suspects are also being sought in a case that the Obama administration says was the biggest terrorist plot on US soil since 9/11.

According to a White House official, the president “expressed strong appreciation for the outstanding work of FBI, local law enforcement, and all agencies and departments represented in the Denver JTTF that resulted in recent arrests.”

Mr. Obama also emphasized the importance of remaining vigilant, working closely together as a team, and doing everything possible to prevent terrorist attacks in the homeland.   

Earlier this week, President Obama stopped by JTTF headquarters in New York City and personally thanked FBI agents for saving “countless lives,” particularly with the Zazi case.

Davis says there is still "a significant investigation" involving federal and local law enforcement in the Denver area.
"We are still committed to addressing some outstanding leads in the case," Davis said.

- Jake Tapper and Clayton Sandell

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