Sunday on CNN's State of the Union, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson had a tough time answering questions on the threat ISIS poses to the United States, specifically the number of operatives active in the country. But, he assured, have confidence because his department does a "pretty good" job at tracking these individuals.
Host Dana Bash played a clip of the assistant director to the FBI's Counterterrorism Division, Michael Steinbach, stating that there are individuals living in the U.S. right now who have "a desire to conduct an attack" and have been in communication with ISIS. Coming out of the clip, Bash asked what turned out to be an impossible question, "How many are we talking about?"
Treading lightly, Johnson danced around a solid answer deferring to speak about the new challenges since 9/11, the rise of terrorism in Europe, and pumping "If You See Something, Say Something." And in a feeble attempt to prove the Department of Homeland Security has a handle on tracking down this apparently unknown number of active terrorists on U.S. soil, Johnson said they have just arrested five people in an alleged plot.
Here is their conversation:
Bash: People who are in contact with ISIL, who are living in the U.S. right now -- How many are we talking about?
Johnson: Well, Dana, I would put it this way -- we've evolved to a new phase in the global terrorist threat in that 13 years ago, when we were attacked on 9/11, we had a relatively conventional command and control structure from core al Qaeda that would dispatch/deploy operatives to commit terrorist acts. The situation now is more decentralized, more diffuse, and frankly, more complex in that terrorist organizations such as ISIL or al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula use the Internet, use social media to communicate and to inspire acts of terrorism in individuals' home countries. And for that reason, we need to be particularly vigilant here at home, working with state and local law enforcement, working with the public through campaigns such as "If You See Something, Say Something." It is a more complex situation, very clearly.
Bash: Certainly complex, but if I may, can you shed more light on what we just heard? Do you have a handle on who the individuals are and how many there are in the United States who are in contact?
Johnson: The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security do a pretty good job of tracking the travel of individuals of suspicion, of investigating potential acts of terror, or material support of terrorism. Just this past Friday, there were arrests of five individuals who were providing material support, allegedly, to ISIL. So our law enforcement community does, what I believe is, a pretty good job of tracking these individuals and we work with them to track the travel of individuals of suspicion.
Bash: Can you give us a sense -- are we talking about five, 10, 100, 1,000? Give us the context of the people we're talking about?
Johnson: What I can say is this, the numbers that we see are larger in European countries, and that's one of the reasons why we're concerned about travel to and from Europe and making sure that we've got the appropriate security assurances from countries from which we do not require a visa. But here at home, we do a pretty good job of tracking these individuals and we have, in a number of instances, arrested people for material support, for attempting to travel to Syria, for example. Obviously there's an unknown factor, but I believe we have the systems in place to do a pretty good job of tracking these individuals through law enforcement, through travel, through our efforts to monitor what they're doing.
Americas worst terrorist lives at 1600 Pennsylvnia Ave Washington DC.Hes not hard to track at all so get your head out of your stinking azz and arrest the sorrySOB.
Ya know these Obama people can dance around a question better then I have ever seen ! how so many twisted sick lying goat smelling low life piles of crap in one location in the history of the world is more then I could imagine, but the sad part is our children may never know the Freedoms we have now if we cant stop this full on a salt on the Constitution and our way of life !.
true enough but he doesn't live at the white house he lives at the golf course. Almost fell sorry for the next occupier of the white house its going take a lot of cleaning to make it livable. again.
CHARLES U R RIGHT HE IS A TERRORIST
J JOHNSON IS JUST AN OVOMITHITLER FLUNKY LIKE J KERRY AND S RICE LIAR
THEY ARE FAR FROM DOING ANY KIND OF JOB THEY ARE JUST THERE TO BLOCK US
FROM STOPPING THE PRES TIME WE STOPPED ACTING LIKE CATTLE AND SHEEP
AND DO SOMETHING
they know where isis is because der fuehrer osama bin obama is the one bringing them here and setting them up for their business of killing Americans!!!!!
DHS ARE THE TERRORISTS!!! ALONG WITH THEIR OWN ORGANIZED CRIME CRIMINALS TARGETING INNOCENT CITIZENS. Read who they list as terrorists american veterans,human rights activists,whistle blowers to heinous crimes against humanity. Using covert human experimentation, directed energy weapon targeting. on women, children and anyone they wish to suffer.wake up to the real terrorists! they have 3 letters.
Does he know where obummer is, has he tracked him down.
"....his department does a "pretty good" job at tracking these individuals." It's not hard all he has to do is look around his conference table at all the muslim brotherhood scum that sit on those HSD jobs!
Dang dat boy schoor can dance. Freaking idiot left wing numbnut, I bet dhs hasn't a clue how may Isis are in the U.S., much less where they are.
DHS may well be good at tracking them-they just don't want to ARREST them!
Right. DHS need to know where they are all at, so they can "aid and abet" as per the insane hussian's decree of the dictatorship in dc. AK47s and ammo, explosives, anything they need to kill us! In the meantime any of us who are attempting to own firearms and ammunition that is necessary for our own defense, are having a hard time buying anything.