Homeland Security Sec: 'We Do a Pretty Good Job of Tracking Terrorists'

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. 

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Oh!  Don't you remember, Muslim Dictator Obama says we don't have any terrorist in the US!!

Johnson You suck and are as worthless as the Agencie DHS that your incharge off, we will all be safer with out you and the worthless DHS.

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President Donald Trump visited the San Diego border on Wednesday to show off a newly constructed portion of the wall after a fundraising trip in California.

“It’s an amazing project,” Trump said, pointing to the 30-foot high barrier constructed with steel and concrete, noting that it also went six feet underground.

“If you think you’re going to cut it with a blow torch, that doesn’t work, because you hit the concrete, and then if you think you’re going to go through the concrete, that doesn’t work because we have very powerful rebar inside,” Trump said.

The president traveled via motorcade after a fundraiser to Otay Mesa, a community outside San Diego on the United States -Mexico border to review the latest constructed physical barrier.

He pointed out the new wall structure to the press, which was 24 miles of primary and secondary wall at the border.

“We have it covered underground, we have it covered overground,” Trump said.

The president was joined by acting Department of Homeland security Kevin McAllen and several other border security officials.

He said that over 44,000 bollard panels had been set up for the wall, which was then filled with concrete and rebar.

Trump admitted that he envisioned a solid concrete wall when he campaigned for president, but he was told by border officials that they preferred a wall constructed by concrete-filled bollards so they could see through it.

“It’s hardened concrete, very powerful concrete,” Trump said, pointing to the structure.

He added that the steel wall was designed to retain heat, making it harder to climb, plus having an anti-climbing system at the top.

“You can fry an egg on that wall,” he said. The president also acknowledged to reporters that he wanted the wall to be painted black and have spikes but said it was cheaper to let it remain naturally rust-colored.

“We can paint it later,” he said.

The president discussed his growing understanding of border barriers, noting that the Southern border would not need much more than 500 miles of wall to secure the border. He cited the existence of natural mountain and river barriers that prevented criminals from crossing. He did not rule out building additional barriers in the future but said it would depend on whether it was needed.

One border patrol agent spoke about the importance of the border wall to all of the agents, thanking the president for pushing forward on construction.

Trump said he met with Border Patrol prior to constructing the wall, picking the most effective structures to protect the border.

One border security official scoffed at the idea that the wall was a “vanity” project for the president.

“There’s a false narrative out there that this wall is the president’s vanity wall,” he said. “I’m here to tell you right now that that is false.”

He thanked Trump for listening to border patrol agents during the planning and construction process.

“You listened to the agents and you gave them exactly what they asked for,” he said.

One official with Trump confirmed that the structure was funded with regular Congressional appropriations in the FY 2017 and FY 2018 and that that the new wall replaced an inferior structure.

Trump said that he still considered the situation on the border a national emergency, but as more wall went up he could withdraw military forces.

“I hope you’re impressed,” he told reporters as he took questions about the project.

One worker told Trump of a tradition of workers signing the wall if they worked on the wall.

“I’ll sign it,” Trump said, and went to the wall and signed the steel barrier with a marker before encouraging other officials present to do the same.

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