Kelly: Terror threat to United States worse than before 9/11 attacks
Kelly: Terror threat to United States worse than before 9/11 attacks
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20 April, 2017, 07:28
Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly offered an unapologetic view of his department and the Trump administration's goals for the nation's safety, telling a Washington, D.C., audience that "we are a nation under attack".
According to Kelly, the FBI now has open terrorism investigations in all 50 states, and since 2013, there have been 37 ISIS-linked plots to attack the US.
Kelly has pushed back on President Donald Trump's description of a "deportation force", and he toldChuck Todd Sunday about reports of plans to hire thousands more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents that they would "do their jobs in the future as they've done them in the past".
Kellysaid as the agency expands its border-patrol staffing, he advocates curtailing the use of polygraph tests.
Kelly said in that interview that the solution to drug problems in the United States was "not arresting a lot of users".
Some members of Congress fear the White House will propose significant cuts to other DHS components, such as the Transportation Security Administration and Coast Guard, to pay for immigration enforcement priorities.
In the interview, Kelly also said that a military strike from North Korea is unlikely amid growing tensions, but noted that the country is a digital danger.
A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security disputed the notion Kelly's statements mark a big shift in an emailed statement to The Daily Caller News Foundation Tuesday. He said it is on parents, teachers, coaches and law enforcement agencies to find a comprehensive solution for "the addictive US drug demand".
Kelly also alluded to a recent decision to ban portable computer devices, such as laptops and tablets, from the passenger cabins of planes coming from 10 airports in the Middle East and Africa. He hinted that the restrictions could grow.
"We are moving in exactly the right direction", Kelly said. The cost to the United States is over $250 billion a year.
"We have to start looking very hard at that program - not eliminating it, but looking very hard at it", he said.
In an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press With Chuck Todd", DHS chief John Kelly dismissed the idea that he's creating a "deportation force", and noted that USA law says people here illegally should leave or be deported. "It's the United States criminal justice system - or the justice system - that deports people".
"It was created to do what it was dropped on", he said, pointing to the bunker and tunnel complex targeted in a remote part of the country.
He repeatedly raised concerns about foreign fighters in places like Iraq and Syria that are returning home to "visa waiver" countries in Europe.
"We've seen an unprecedented spike in homegrown terrorism", Kelly disclosed. Even if border patrol intercepts all the illegal substances coming from outside the U.S., the demand for narcotics will be fulfilled by replacement drugs like Crack Cocaine or other designer drugs.
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