tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN February 8, 2014 6:00am-7:01am EST
searches for weaknesses along our air, land, and sea borders or ports of entry. they are met with one of federal response. for me, preventing terrorist attacks on the homeland is and should remain the cornerstone of homeland security. through our counterterrorism effort in both the bush and obama administrations, we have put al qaeda's core leadership on the path to defeat. he threat has evolved. since 2009, we saw the rise of al qaeda affiliates, such as al qaeda in the arabian peninsula. they have made repeated efforts to export terrorism to our omeland. our government, working with others, we must deny them a safe haven, a place o hide, training to launch
terrorist attacks. we're focused on foreign fighters heading to syria right now. based on our work and the work of our international partners, we know individuals from the u.s., canada, and europe are traveling to syria to fight in the conflict. at the same time, extremists are actively trying to recruit westerners and indoctrinate them and see them return to their home countries with an extremist mission. last night, i returned from poland, where the attorney eneral and i met with my six counterparts from the u.k., france, italy, and poland. syria was the number one topic of conversation for them and for us. syria has become a matter of homeland security. dhs, the fbi, and the intelligence community to continue to work closely to identify those foreign fighters that represent a threat to the omeland.
we face threats from those who self radicalized, to violence of so-called lone wolves. they did not train overseas or became part of an enemy force. hey may be inspired by radical violent ideology to do harm to americans. in many respects, this is the terrorist threat to the homeland. it was illustrated last year by the boston marathon bombing. i worry about this the most. it may be the hardest to detect. it involves independent actors living within our midst, with easy access to things that, in the wrong hands, become tools of mass violence. we must remain vigilant in encountering all of these threats. at the department of defense, i was witness to the extraordinary efforts of our military and the other national security and intelligence components of our government encountering
errorist threats overseas. here at home, given the evolving threat, i believe it is critical over the next several years that dhs continue to build relationships with state and local governments and the first responders in those governments. we must also continue to encourage public participation in our efforts on their behalf through the nationwide suspicious activity reporting initiatives and campaigns such as if you see something, say something. that was on prominent display at airports and even at the super bowl five days ago. homeland security is a team effort. border and port security is indispensable to homeland security. good border security is a barrier to terrorist threats, drug traffickers, transnational criminal organizations, and other threats to national security and public safety. in my first month in office, i
visited our southwest borders. smuggling organizations are responsible for almost all of those who cross the border illegally. by boat, i saw the south texas border on the rio grande. the shallow places on that river where someone could walk about 200 feet across without getting their knees wet -- by helicopter, i saw the arizona border. there's the fort isabel detention center near brownsville. i saw detainees, only 18% of whom were mexican. the rest represent over 30 different nationalities who migrated to mexico in an effort to get to the united states. in arizona, i visited the ranchers who live and work on the border, frustrated by damage to their properties caused by those who cross the border illegally. caused by those who cross the border illegally. i have met a number of groups and individuals who represent a wide range of views about the border.
i will make it a practice to continue to do so. addition ofent funding for staffing and surveillance, we have made great progress in border and port security. there is now more manpower, technology, and infrastructure on our borders than ever before. we must remain vigilant. the answer is not simply to build longer or taller fences. my predecessor used to say, show me a 50 foot fence and i will show you a 51 foot ladder. ander patrol experts preach intelligence driven, risk-based approach that focuses resources on the places where our surveillance and intelligence tells us the threat exists. we must be prepared to move. i believe in this approach. it is a smart, effective, efficient use of resources. i also believe in smart and effective use of our resources
when it comes to removals. we must prioritize our resources on those who represent threats to national security, public safety, and border security. in the senate confirmation process, i pledged to continually evaluate our priorities to ensure that we get this right. i have already begun this process. we must also continually review conditions that test at our detention facilities to ensure that they are safe and humane. we are gratified by the support that congress has provided to our border and port security efforts. we need the additional border and port security resources that immigration reform, such as legislation, would provide. in this regard, the republicans recent statement of principles on immigration is a serious step forward on reform and contains recognition that immigration system is broken and needs to be
fixed. this should not be an issue used in one way or another for political advantage. define commont sense solutions to a problem that we all know we have. business and, the labor communities, people of both parties and others, all recognize the immigration reform is a matter of economic growth. immigration reform is also a matter of homeland security. estimated 11.5 million undocumented immigrants living in this country. they are not going away. they're not going to self deport. most have been here for years. many have come here as children. as a matter of homeland security, we should encourage these people to come out of the shadows of american society. pay taxes and fines. be held accountable and given the opportunity to get on
a path to citizenship like others. this is not a special path to citizenship. opportunity to get online behind those who were here legally. this is not rewarding people for breaking the law. it is giving people the opportunity to get right with the loss and it is preferable to what we have now. when reform legislation is enacted, dhs must be prepared to implement reform. to prepare for this potential outcome, i have already directed the deputy secretary of homeland security to coordinate the process to ensure that we are ready to implement the law. effortss must continue to address the growing cyber threat. it is illustrated the real, pervasive, ongoing series of attacks on things like stores, banks, e-mail services, power substations, and the public that defends on it.
the key to the government efforts is to build trust with the private sector. we must attract the best and the bride -- brightness to come and work for us. people like our deputy undersecretary of cyber security who came to us six months ago from the position of chief technology officer at mcafee. i'm going on a talent search. next week, we are traveling to georgia tech. phyllis received her phd. we will recruit more like her. cyber studentn of volunteer initiatives, which allows volunteers to come and work for dhs in support of cyber security. it allows us to educate them for our mission. through the president's on cyber order,1636 security, and presidential policy on strengthening security and resilience of critical
infrastructure, both issued a year ago, we are making good progress furthering our partnerships with the private sector. there is more to do. many have expressed a willingness to help in cyber security. we appreciate those efforts. our basic legislative goals are one, new hiring. two, modernizing the federal affirmation managing act to reflect new technology. three, additional clarity and codification of dhs responsibility to protect the federal government civilian networks. dhs canal clarity that provide assistance to the private sector when requested. five legal clarity that the private sector may exchange security information with the federal government. six, enhanced criminal penalties for cyber crimes.
we can also support some form of limitation on potential solo liabilities for private sector entities. provided it is narrow and targeted and away necessary to protect networks. we must continue to be vigilant in preparing for and responding to disasters. wildfires,loods, tornadoes, hurricanes, and, most recently, chemical leaks lick the one in west virginia. that threaten to the water supply of thousands of people. fema has come along way since the days of katrina. we have improved disaster planning for public and private sector. nonprofit organizations and the american people -- we have learned how to pre-position a greater number of resources. we have strengthened the nation's ability to respond to disasters and a quick and robust fashion. we are helping communities and cities recover and rebuild faster.
we will continue this progress. finally, we must be mindful of the environment in which we pursue these missions. we operate in a time of severe budget constraints. us inys when those of national and homeland security can expect more and more each year to our topline budgets are over. obligated toe identify and eliminate inefficiencies, waste, and unnecessary duplications of efforts and expenditures. while pursuing important missions, such as recapitalization of the coast guard fleet. operates at a time when the public's confidence in the government's ability to function and work for them is well written dhs is unique among federal agencies for their long daily engagement with the public. in airports, seaports and lan ports of interest. the attitude toward the entire
federal government can be shaped by we must be mindful of this as we seek to put support for our work. this is why i am pleased to announce that the commissioner of border protection will soon make the use of force policy public. we must do a better job of highlighting the good you do a half -- we do on behalf of the american. a new tsa rechecked application center at dulles airport. it illustrates the risk-based approach to homeland security that i talked about earlier. it is smart, effective, as an efficient use of resources and taxpayer dollars. in december we extend the benefits to all military including those serving in the coast guard, reserves, national guard during by permitting travelers to provide information about themselves ahead of time,
we expedite the process for them in airports. with better focus resources to the pool of people we know less about. this advances aviation security and should be popular with the republic. lastly, i am mindful of surveys withinflect the morale various components of dhs. our greatest asset is our people. each and every day the men and women work hard to fulfill our critical and noble mission. they dedicate themselves to the security and advancement of our nation. i will be a champion for those men and women of dhs and will advocate on their behalf. morale also depends on good leaders in place of each of our components. we must inject any energy. arts withrship sto recruiting new leaders to help
run the organization. with the help of the white house and congress, we're bringing in some terrific people to bring in the large number of senior management vacancies that exist. i spent a part of almost every day on this. i am pleased that in december, congress conference arnie deputy secretary and in october our new general counsel. to the forward confirmation of suzanne spaulding to be the under secretary for national nationalng -- rejection of programs directory. leon rodriguez to be the next andat of u.s. citizenship immigration services and dr. ritchie brothers between next undersecretary for science and technology. we are actively recruiting telik -- talented people to be undersecretary for intelligence and analysis, director for immigration enforcement.
the next chief financial officer and other key positions. finally, we will also continually reinforce among all the men and women of the department the common unifying mission of homeland security that binds us together. homeland security security is the most important mission in the government can provide for its people. in new york was city on 9/11. for years, my secretary at the law firm i was with in manhattan was a woman named gina teachey ichiari. she works about 50 hours a week, raises two weeks, the wife of a retired new york city police officer, plays by the rules and never makes wages. in 2000 love and she was walking into the world trade center with her three-year-old daughter --
in 2011 she was walking into the world trade center with earth real daughter when the plane plowed into the building above her. gina picked up her daughter and inher walked or ran with her her arms all the way to 14th street. anyone who knows manhattan knows that is a long way even to walk empty-handed. motherge of a 5'3" running for the life with her mother -- with her daughter in thousands of displaced americans at the louisiana superdome during katrina, the image of the finish line at the boston marathon turning in an instant to a blast zone, the should be constant reminders of the urgency and the importance of our homeland security mission. i am aware that there is another component to my job. in the name of homeland security, we cannot sacrifice
our values as a nation. we can build more walls, install more screening devices, ask more questions, expect more answers, and make people suspicious of each other but not at the cost of who we are as a nation of people who cherished privacy and freedom, celebrate diversity, carry our flag at the olympics and are not afraid. thank you very much. thank you for listening to me. [applause] >> i got teared up as i think others did by the close of your speech, mr. secretary. let's remember that most of this this room are in sons and daughters, spouses, many are parents.
usthat day on 9/11, many of knew people who parish of people erishede at risk -- paris of people who were at risk and suffered with a scar that in some ways will never heal. i'm going to ask you some questions in a friendly manner. we know you were born on 9/11. i'm told you wanted to be a subway conductor in new york city when you grew up. is my next life. i will be a subway motor man on the number seven train. >> in case you don't know this, the new york subways are protected to a substantial extent by dhs assets.
let at this. -- look at this. your background is assistant guy who hasy and a a lots of experience in the department of defense. now to take on this awesome responsibility to fore principal spokesman our u.s. counterterrorism policy? >> i lead a terrific inanization of men and women the people that are there as leaders. we will be doing a terrific job in the next couple of years. the department of defense, a lot of people ask me if dod is like dhs, are they different? how are they different?
it is essentially a military organization. dhs has people in uniform. we have the coast guard. most part dhs as a civilian organization. it is a different culture. like the department of defense, it is a lars decentralized whonization with components are capable of running themselves. dod, i the at privilege of working with two terrific secretaries of defense, bob gates and leon panetta. i was part of their management team. i saw them a decisions. when you are the general counsel you have purview over the entire department of defense unlike almost everybody else. i was part of the management team. health solved a lot of problems. i was involved in a number of difficult issues.
involveded, it national security. i came back to government in february 2009. i have been the eyewitness to many historic events that occurred and were involved in some of the decision-making here in washington. i would say that the thing that comes to mind first when you ask a question like that is i have a passion for the mission. i left government a year ago and was i was done settling back into private life. the president asked me if i would do this job. it ever occur to me that i would be sitting here, that i would be asked to do this job. i have a passion for the mission. i believe deeply in the mission. i want to serve the country. that is why i am here. >> good answer. own shot outget my to suzanne spaulding was the
director of the national commission on terrorism formed by congress in 1999. it is one of three groups that predicted a major attack on u.s. soil. i was part of that group. people started to pay attention. she is very well trained for the mission. as are many other people who work with you. since i mentioned congress, let's talk about congress. >> i love congress. [laughter] >> good start. >> i do. nobody believes me. -- you'llget not bird get a lot of opportunity to do that. was on ther day i hill. i said let's do some drive-bys. let's stop often see friends of mine.
>> are you sure? >> do make appointments? we can do that. i just stop and say happy new year. it is relationship building. that iers of congress know and respect. >> i'm pleased to hear you say that. chertoff was the director, he would routinely invite me as the chairman of a subcommittee down here for breakfast. we would talk about issues. we formed a professional relationship which just developed into a friendship. i know you are having fun. it is a fact of that 100 committees and subcommittees of the united states congress, this is not an exaggeration. they have some piece of the homeland security mission. i think of is on the national journal cover and look like a
where's waldo picture. it showed all the different jurisdictions. the 9/11 commission was a member of that recommended a number of wings which congress did in the president did except there is one glaring gap. that gap was to reorganize congress in a way that would streamline the homeland mission. get numerous to request to testify across the board. that is one issue in terms of the time snap for you. the other way is when you are a member of congress, you want to do something legislatively. pick one. reduction of overclassification of materials. are on a committee. they have a piece of jurisdiction but not the whole thing. it is very frustrating from
end to do something. aboutre you have thought this. how are you personally going to navigate this? nothing it should simply be get off my back. there are a lot of people interested in the homeland security mission on both sides , how canow can i help i work with you? how can i support your mission? morningy remarks this was to try to answer that in the cyber security world by spelling out the legislative priorities. some of them might have a better chance of passing than others. to spell out what i think the legislative goals of
the cyber security mission should be. there are a lot of committees and subcommittees who have a piece of the department. committees do not often seek jurisdiction. very protective about that. beginning i want to build relationships on the hill. at some point we will have to have a discussion about realigning the jurisdiction of congress. it does require a lot of time and attention by the secretary and the senior leadership to go back and forth in response to committee testimony or individual visits. time that is useful, valuable time for a senior leader. i do find it useful to know what is on the minds of members of congress.
the confirmation process is what it is. i have a relatively good experience. it is an opportunity to find out what is on their mind. there are a number of very thoughtful members of congress who are embedded in these issues, who gave me a lot of insight in that process. you are right. there is a tremendous amount of oversight. and used to be realized at some point. -- it needs to be realized at some point. i will ask our colleagues on the hill to help. >> it will help. there are many good people who serve on capitol hill on both parties. the business model needs a lot of work. the committee structures from the 19th century. their are opportunities, especially if you invest personally in changing at least
some of the dynamic. let's just moved to cyber security. you carefully identified issues in your remarks. congress tried hard but failed to pass cyber security legislation. >> 2012. >> two years ago. most people think that we are enormously vulnerable to cyber threats. basicallye sector controls at least 85% of our cyber systems. a lot of them have to do with critical infrastructure. the president issued an executive order which goes part way toward solving some of the critical problems of aligning the private and public sector. how urgent do you think it is to
pass legislation? you as the leader of the homeland department over, what huge objections before, the private sector did not have confidence that homeland had the capacity to handle its risk possibilities on cyber? not a cyber security threat. it is a cyber security ongoing series of attacks are different , arces on banks, substations servicesices -- e-mail to a different degree of intensity. it is no longer just a threat. i think the key aside from the help congress can give us are breaking down trust with the.
.- with the sector i'm developing ideas with what business groups, what private sector entities we should go to. also a talent search. theink the resources, talents are there, particularly among our young people, and graduate schools, people who are just out of school. we were talking earlier about the cyber talent that exists in the military. military recruits from a very early age. the military is very good at identifying those within the security have a cyber talent and bringing them into the cyber security world. we had to build that holland from either with in our civilian
or tracked from the private sector. part of my job in the cyber ealm will be to look for ways to attract private talent. i know it is there. >> would it also help for better management for the department as a whole? it is a huge task to integrate the cultures of 22 different agencies and departments. if you had better management to mirror the good management and many private sector firms, could that help instill confidence? the big objection two years ago was it is not a well-managed department. this was the objection. we are wary of cooperation with its. >> i want not disagree with the. when you talk about cyber security, we have an office within dhs headquarters.
components also have a cyber security mission. for example, the secret service. it is into cyber security. secret service is very involved right now in the effort regarding the target stores. he to -- one of the dilemma isswer the visible leadership. good leadership but also visible leadership. good leaders bringing in good leaders. we have to be fairly transparent to become familiar with the private sector to become so that with the public we build trust. that is one of the reasons we're here today. get outu have plans to and about? i know you said you have traveled to the southern border. we are working on
redeveloping some ideas right now. in all parts of the country. >> turning to a few other issues. threats,the homeland one of the things that was clear to me when i was in the roles i had in congress was how ofortant the mission vertical information sharing was to the department. it is not just a role played here in federal government land sharing information among the federal agencies. down getting information to first responders who could be privateou also could be citizens who smell something strange in the house next door or something weird anywhere. mission is going much better. i am looking at charlie allen who at one point was the head of the intelligence function. this.ked a lot about
one of the improvement i think that congress insisted on was setting up something called the inter-agency risk assessment and coronation group. it was a teach for america group of state and local law enforcement folks who would come temporarily to the department of homeland security and the national counterterrorism center, which was created just about at the same time. on what thedvise bulletins should look like that go vertically from the department of homeland security down to first responders so that first responders could understand what to look for and what to do. are you aware of these outreach efforts? do you think they need support? >> absolutely.
given the evolving terrorist threat which is becoming more decentralized, , less of ae traditional al qaeda or al qaeda like command control structure, we have to be more concerned about homegrown threats, the lone wolf, the person who self radicalized is. that is going to require that we continue to build relationships with first responders. in the boston marathon bombing, it was a perfect illustration of this. we need as a department in a federal government to build relationships with state and
local law enforcement and government. the federal government cannot be everywhere. the fbi, the department of homeland security cannot the everywhere. that is critically important. that is something i hope to advance over the next couple of years here you are also correct that homeland security is a team effort that involves the public. we do not want to scare people. we do not want to take people. annoyed. --do not want to make people to make people. annoyed. it involves -- paranoid. it involves public participation. that can result in very constructive, positive teams if there is public awareness -- things if there is public awareness about what is in the trash container at the bus terminal or what is in a backpack that was left at the
gate or something like that. if people are willing to note these positions package and report it to the nearest aviation security person or law enforcement officer. back can have a tremendous effect. we all hope it never gets that far. verticalrticipation is . we never get to the point where innocent civilians have to take matters into their own hands to save their own lives. do,s your secretary had to such a compelling story. part of that is building trust with the public. it is a function i think you as the counterterrorism spokesperson have but so do local police departments. there have been very successful outreach efforts in minneapolis were there were improvement -- improvement of folks in al- shabaab.
in loss angeles with the sheriff's department has had some very good cooperation with the muslim community. it is not only the muslim community that has problems. if you something -- see localing at the supermarket, you think saying something to law enforcement or just -- or the fbi to somebody who will get the information where it needs to go is inappropriate thing to do. >> that is correct. the i went on my trip to southwest border, i spent a lot of time meeting with mayors and and policeiffs chiefs for exactly this reason.
it, we need to continue to emphasize that this is a collective effort that involves multiple levels of government and the public. >> moving to border security, you mentioned comprehensive immigration reform. , inlmost passed congress case anyone remembers this, in 2007. president bush very courageously , michaelrd a proposal chertoff was heartbroken when the bill failed. aw the senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform bill. those conversation in the house that the house version might be different. you commended the congress in your remarks for the effort it is making. there is a news, comment from house speaker john boehner that it may not happen
this year. greatk it will be a disappointment to many communities across our country who were hoping it will and to our efforts to rebuild our economy after the most serious recession since the great depression. do to persuade john of steps he might take in this election year to get this thing back on the right track? he was one of the one for said he wanted to make this happen. >> i do not have a crystal ball. there are people who talk to the speaker about this and other issues. i am sure he is getting no shortage of advice right now. in 2014ope will happen is that there is an emerging, evolving realization that this should not be politics.
this is a problem that we have in this country that needs to be fixed. of us here in washington who represented the american public ought to do what we need to do to fix the problem. everybody agrees we have a problem with immigration, with enforcement and administration of our immigration laws. everybody knows we have millions of undocumented immigrants in the country. are not going away. they're not going to sell the poor. i do not know exactly what the statistic is. 80% of these people have been in this country for years. to either 2004, 2008, something like that. they're here. they're not going away. from my homeland security perspective, i would rather encourage them to come forward, the accountable, pay whatever
taxes and fines they owe, go through the background check, and if they are able to, , i think it is a 13 , get to a path to citizenship if they are able to do so. we need to deal with this problem. that, and i really do see the signs for this. i thought that was a very thoughtful statement of principles of the speaker and other spent a lot of time thinking about. i do not know to what extent it has the widespread the port in the republican caucus. they are identifying a problem that we have in this country and seeks to address it.
that is a very positive step to see both major parties recognize that we are to deal with this. a message that i would like to convey and emphasize is that from the homeland security perspective this is something we need to do because of the added resources that commonsense immigration reform provides an so that we can encourage people is notaccountable, which giving them a pass in some way. it is encouraging them to get right with the law. for my homeland security perspective, i hope people in congress and government will finally wrestle with this problem and we can deal with it. questionre comment and on this. i think the right term is "earned legalization." people have to go through a lot of hurdles in the get in the back of the line and 13 years law passes it this
they can become citizens. as sayingr was quoted the american people do not trust the reform we are talking about it was implemented as intended to be. should people trust you and your department to implement the current law? >> we've already begun thinking if the legislation that is contemplated in various different forms it comes law, we will have to implement it. we have complimented the limitation. it is not like it will happen tomorrow. it will happen over years. we are beginning to think about what we need to do to get ready for this. this is an advanced planning whateffort to anticipate the department needs to do, when
and if this legislation passes. we will have comprehensive immigration reform. and you have a crystal ball on the timetable -- i do not have a crystal ball on the timetable. i believe it will pass. i am assuming it will pass. i am optimistic. we need to prepare for it. we are he started that process. you mentioned syria. you said syria has become a matter of homeland security. you did amplify that, it a bit. i think the audience might be interested in any additional comments you want to make about why syria has become a matter of common security. -- homeland security. over theave stated last couple of days, we are concerned about the foreign fighters going into syria who are leaving syria.
they are encountering all sorts of radical extremist influences there. we need to be concerned about that. to it as a i refer matter of homeland security. it is not just this country. our european allies are very concerned about this issue. collectively we are determined to do something about it. i think people do need to understand that there is a variety of terror groups in seyria. some of them have expressed a desire to to train fighters in syria to attack fighters in the west. it is a threat to people being radicalized here, moving to
syria, conducting terror acts there and in coming back here. towe need to do our best take close attention to any balding situation. >> you were very careful in the way you talked about self radicalization. audiencexperts in this who have studied radicalization carefully. tryat the think some of us to do in congress was create a multidisciplinary commission to advise congress on what the someone who has radical views which are protected by our constitution, turning into someone who is prepared to engage in violent acts which are a crime and finding that nexus.
in the last minute it became controversial. at least in my opinion. a hallmark of some of these homegrown lone wolf type as they have clean records. violente not created acts before. many are on the internet looking at sites on how to build bombs. there is a lot on the internet there. some of them also intersect people either in our country or travel abroad who most think it takes human intervention. this is the focus. how should the american public think about this? i wanted to convey the answer
to that question in my remark. governments, first responders, law enforcement in local communities in to be vigilant. we are building that he read we are building those relationships. because of the -- of that. we are building those relationships. because of the nature, we risk reading suspicion, fear among people about those that are different from them. that was really the purpose of the last part of my remarks. thinkinge charged with about homeland security, whether state homelandhe security adviser to the governor or police commissioner, you can build walls. you can build something that is so secure that you make
everybody. knowledge. you deprive people -- you make everybody paranoid. you deprive people of the basic freedoms this country is all about. we cannot do this. it is a delicate balance. do we have to writit right now? probably not. a basic responsibility for those of us charged with homeland security and law enforcement and national security is to find that right balance and to be sensitive to it. we can go too far. there are instances where we have done that. we need to be mindful of that insensitive to it. >> in my opening remarks, i commended you for your speech on whichnamo and on drones got a lot of attention and was a very courageous act for someone
in the general counsel. you say in the name of homeland security we cannot sacrifice our values as a nation. we can install more screening devices and make people suspicious of each other but not at a cost of us as a nation. it is notve that enough just to take out guys, although sometimes we must do that. very courageous people have very carefully try to do that. dohave to win the argument
you agree with that? >> i do. things i said the at the oxford union. we have to be sensitive to our actions. one of the things i think we will do, and i think we have begun this process, one of the things we will do is develop how we can adjust this issue in the homeland. to the to be sensitive fact that there are people who, while they live in this country,
hate this country. they want to do harm to others who feel disassociated and disconnect it and are influenced by forces beyond our control. address thery to audience in some way or another to get at this exact issue. i want to begin thinking about this issue. we have arty started developing ideas for how we can go about the living a better job for that. >> i personally commended that thought. i want to underscore the last part of the last sentence. we are a nation of people who cherish privacy and freedom, celebrate diversity, carry our flag at the olympics and are not afraid. statement ofyour
our values as a country is a big piece of your job. if you are to become and you will become the face of warning about the terror threat it will be wonderful if you're also the face of reassurance that our country will survive this. we will be resilient. said you're going to boston on the anniversary of the marathon bonding. there was a place where a horrible thing happened but a community pulled together very quickly and never lost its stride. we do not do it that well on 9/11. we did it that well in boston. boston is strong. i would hope that those are , not just can learn we the people listening on the , but that we can learn
the department of homeland security can learn and can teach and can help inspire others to teach. i would just like to close this has been a i think wonderful honor for the wilson center. and an example of the kinds of things we do here. when john brennan was a terror adviser in the white house came to talk here. >> i was sitting right there. event, was wonderful not? yes it was. as we close this event, let me tot offer you the last word any last thought you had. shots.ing thank you again for your leadership.
here.you for bringing me thank you for your mentorship and support. this is a terrific organization. it is educational. it is sober. it is a place for thoughtful, intelligent escutcheon. >> it is nonpartisan. partisan. is non- when you talk about national and homeland security, it should not be partisan. i believe that fervently. thank you for the terrific work you do here. will see you again. >> i thank you. are not going to check the party registration before they blow us up. we should focus on this as a country. thank you coming as un-american to talk about a challenge -- as an american to talk about a challenge as an american. like thank you. [applause] [captioning performed by national captioning institute]
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