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. 

see more here: http://www.truthrevolt.org/news/homeland-security-sec-we-do-pretty-

Views: 283

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

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.

RSS

LIGHTER SIDE

 

Political Cartoons by Robert Ariail

Political Cartoons by Chip BokThe cartoonist's homepage, pnj.com/opinion

ALERT ALERT

SWEET: Republican Representative Introduces Resolution To Expel Nancy Pelosi From Congress

Louisiana Republican Rep. Ralph Abraham has introduced legislation to expel Speaker Nancy Pelosi from the House of Representatives.

Abraham’s resolution accuses Pelosi of a “vicious crusade” against President Donald Trump.

Above: Rep. Ralph Abraham

“Nancy Pelosi’s vicious crusade against our lawfully-elected President is nothing more than a politically-motivated witch hunt and it must be stopped,” Abraham said in a statement obtained by Fox News. “She has disgraced the people’s House and weaponized the Speaker’s gavel for her party’s political gain.”

“House Democrats spent nearly three years obsessed with election meddling only to dwarf any such efforts with their own deceitful plan to nullify the 2016 election and prevent President Trump from winning in 2020,” the statement continued. “I have introduced a resolution calling for her to be expelled from the House and for the Speaker’s Office to be vacated.”

The text of the resolution, which is most definitely not going to pass the Democrat-controlled House reads: “Resolved, That pursuant to Article 1, Section 5, Clause 2 of the United States Constitution, Representative Nancy Pelosi be, and she hereby is, expelled from the House of Representatives and the Office of the Speaker is declared to be vacant.”

Fox News notes that constitutional clause holds that “Each House may determine the Rules of its Proceedings, punish its Members for disorderly Behaviour, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.”

© 2019   Created by Steve - Ning Creator.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service