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questions from some of our media guests today, all of which are events ined to the orlando and they are specifically asking, especially related to the role of religious ideology, religious especially in the situation is our lgbtrgeting brothers and sisters, how do we transform that? how do we transform that? lama: my second government 's promotion of harmony. seven years. i live in india. india most populated democracy country. ancient country. a lot of problems there.
india, still can mention disharmony. so why not the rest of the world. if you make attempt. reduce sectarian feeling. day, education. secondly, personal contact. contact. i notice indian muslim. same follow of koran. and, religion, muslim. indian hindu muslim. then arab muslim. you see, the follower of mohammed, same teaching. you see, in indian muslim, acting from the childhood, they
already take for granted. different traditions. different religions. also, large number of chinese. this chinese of people are buddhist. also, quite big number indians. hindus. like that. so therefore, you see, that makes differences. in arab countries, there is only one religion. maybe some christian. anyway,e, you see quite actually, absolute. then also, better. so, personal contacts. is something i think very important. through education and teaching. all of the world's tradition,
you see. aspects ofake two all of these traditions. one aspect is religion. that is, you see, teaching of love. forgiveness. tolerance. sentiment. and, we witness a number of christians dedicated their life to other people. actually, some muslims. very dedicated. serving one another. actually i think islam practitioner. should not create any bloodshed thenrson create bloodshed, reality no longer genuine practitioner of islam.
[applause] dalai lama: the very meaning of is not hurting another into control your own destructive emotion. jihad like that. religiousre, all tradition is the instruction of compassion, forgiveness. aspect isher philosophy. and there are big differences. christian religion believe creator. not just a vision. no principal creator rather self-creation. but then we have what is the purpose of these different philosophy? about bring conviction
the basic quality or practice of love. to some people, god, creator concept very popular. god as our father. creator. this very life created by god. we have direct link with god. god is infinite love. children ofn of such wonderful, compassionate father. wonderful sort of lesson fee. -- sort of philosophy. then, religion ancient indian tradition. judaism, buddhism. creator butabout
creator. they also, you see, they action. dharma. if you create good action, good action means helping others. serving others. you get benefit. so, different emphasis but same ofpose, to bring more value compassion. so not a problem. so, sometimes, you see i just not of course, i mean, disrespect. something like supermarket. all religion like supermarket. differentare a lot of religions with different philosophical views. a big subsection for a variety
of people. just one religion. like one sort of market. one item. customerle, i think plenty of overriding. then more people come. like that. likeecause of the market the supermarket. religious supermarket. [laughter] dalai lama: different vision. different lists off of use. wonderful. the total aspect is causal aspect. , one example. [indiscernible] --
the fifth century bc, so at that founder come. the decades,er a few buddha come. so at that time, it animals sort of sacrificed. did the it even affect farmers economy. time, the founder of judaism come. so because of the circumstances like that, so he special emphasis vegetarianism and don't kill any form of life.
wonderful. after that, buddha come. more or less sort of similar. like that. see,ultural aspect you existing circumstances society sort of circumstances. makes some influence. think judaism under difficult circumstances, more hostile circumstances, you see sometimes the emphasis on the survey. like that. in order to survive your own community. like that. and then, jesus christ come. you see more emphasis about patience. if someone hit you, show like that. so then mohammed. less, soa more or
another life. no proper rule of law like that. more sort of crimes. so the emphasis -- sharia law. due to the circumstances. that cultural aspect of all religion. then in india, the caste system is quite serious. so just recently, i met some group from a lower caste. we had some discussions. so i told them like this. this is the social sort of system, at that time a feudal
system. larger because of the lord and then others like slave. so this caste system related to the feudal system. so, the feudal system changed. now there is a certain cultural aspect, religion with the feudal system. now time come must change. so for that, the politicians and even governments cannot do much. the spiritual leader should come out. then, according to hindu, the form caste system comes from the same source. from creator. like that. so, this is the spiritual leader should come out. ritualsent in their own
and prayer, must come out. not enough. must come out. the caste system is outdated. so i told them. if they arranged certain meetings. then i am ready to come. that." [chuckles] the cultural aspect, in buddhism, i think comparatively the buddha makes certain rules more democratic principles. >> in egalitarian. dalai lama: so you see, the buddhist monk, about 100 actions. all those actions only carried by a group of monk.
no single monk held authority. buddha himself, exception. [laughter] dalai lama: the follower of him, never give authority to one single person. all sort of rules action later. >> there are certain types of rituals that need to be performed across the monastic line, but no single person has the authority to preside over the rite. the rite has to be performed collectively. dalai lama: it has been too long. that is why you see some now some feminists from the west, they want me to give highest ordination for female, for nun. they have the impression i have final authority. and i told them no, i have no authority.
only some kind of international monks decide. otherwise, you see, we have no -- [indiscernible] >> part of the problem in the situation with the full ordination for women is one requirement is the senior administrator of the vow has to be a nun herself. because of that difficulty in tibet, the institution of the full ordination of women was never established. in order to redress -- address that, there needs to be a much more collective consensus among the monastic establishment. dalai lama: as far as study is concerned, i have authority.
i give the authority. i actually appeared 40 years ago in injury. the nunnery should start serious study. now this share, we are going to give highest authority. >> equal to the doctorate in divinity. dalai lama: for that, i have the sort of freedom. the other thing, i have no freedom. so therefore, like that. there is some kind of nudism rule. although buddha gives equality for female and male. but when we come together, the monk should be first. even the cousin of the -- because of the [indiscernible] >> there is a hierarchy, even
though there is an egalitarian opportunity for men and women for ordination. but because of the cultural influence, there is a hierarchy established. so even though the none might be senior, but in terms of hierarchy, the nun would be lower compared to a junior monk. dalai lama: so these things, on some occasion, i suggested maybe now the time come we need some modification or to change like that. so for example, in my own case, the institution [indiscernible] spirituality. now in 2011, i totally retired. and to only myself retired, but also four-century old institution has now ceased voluntarily. happily, probably. i feel these are some influence.
some impact on the feudal system. the feudal system outdated so we must catch up to the present reality or time. >> your holiness, you are describing a practice of change that is only successful in a more inclusive way that creates the bottom-up engagement in change, which is something we learn a lot in how to build successful, sustained peace. but it also takes time. you talked about actions you took 40 years ago now coming to fruition. one of the questioners, and i think it is a question for many of our youth leaders, this is from linda pace at the international student exchange. how do you keep youth leaders who are essential for building peace into the next century from becoming discouraged at the pace
of change? how do you encourage them to not become discouraged? dalai lama: it is an experience. when you leave your own country individually or a small group, when you meet other people from other countries, you get more encouragement. so this is a worldwide because of that contact, a relationship, like your organization. you see you can now, meet. the group also need money. [laughter]] dalai lama: such as your organization is in a different place, a different continent, more meeting if possible annually. that gives them encouragement
and a sense of community. >> we have a wonderful question from a man from nigeria who asked how we encourage religious leaders to play a constructive role in encouraging youth. i remember you commented many conferences happen around the world. oftentimes, all they do is release and disturb the doves. how do we turn that into the action you are urging us to focus on? dalai lama: many years ago, since many years, i suggested, i requested out of india the indian government should organize international religious conference.
and not just a conference. at the beginning, leaders make some statement. then some scholars, some secondary leadership spend more days and serious discussion and exchange india's experience how the different religious expenses can live together. that group makes a pilgrimage to different holy places within india. i started the practice since 1975. when time available, i wanted to make the pilgrimage in india. then also disparate israel and fatima. i would take more time.
i want to share my own experience on a small schedule. so we sit together, a few other christians and myself in some organizations. then after that, a short meditation. then everybody stand and leaving. i turn to the beautiful magistrate smiling towards me. i am buddhist. and also i am a student of those masters and others.
so a lot of discussions about creating these things. i am a student. about bringing christians there, bringing muslims there, it helped. also, millions of people get inspiration, benefit from these traditions. over the last 2000 years, and still millions of people get immense inspiration. these different religions are sources of inner peace. that has helped.
that is sufficient reason to admire, so i practice that. so therefore, i feel mary showed me some decision about my action. [laughter] [applause] dalai lama: so i think india is an example of different religions living together. so now we have to work and make clear. i wish some arab countries, some hard-line muslims should invite and try to make friendship. then use their fear or distance feeling. shake hands, meet, talk.
previously when we go to one muslim community there, previously i was told even some muslim are clothed with one buddhist and they wash. then they sort of eat together. i was passing through this area and i dined with them together. they have many traditions. sit together and eat, you see, from the kitchen like that. so, like that.
sometimes people because of different faith, distance, that creates some distance. and that eventually creates some distrust or suspicion. so that nice word will not have much meat. touch each other, have a meal together. and then make friend. then we can discuss some of our differences, some of our similarities. i think a lot of problems here are the same problem in the middle east. i think response from america, from this nation, because of the september 11 event.
i love president bush. as a human being, wonderful person. since our first meeting, we have become very close friends. so after iraq crisis happened, another occasion of my meeting, will i told him i love you. i respect you. but where some of your policies are concerned, i have reservations. [laughter] dalai lama: he smiled. i think the practical level, american force, american military power, yes? easily can crush.
but american military power only through friendship, through affection, then can you change their mind. in tibet also, there are some hard-line chinese officials that believe the power of the gun suppress over 60 years cannot change their mind. only affection, friendship. ok, next person. sorry. [laughter] dalai lama: my answer always too long. i usually say, i admit the mystical bad habit. that is my weakness. once my mouth is open, then blah blah blah continuously. [laughter] that my weakness, sorry.
>> this will be our final question. this is from the network for religious and traditional peacemakers. and they are asking, what you would do to continue to continue youthcontinue to support so they can become the peacemakers that help us have a 21st century free from violent conflict? dalai lama: i think there is nothing secret, nothing else. discuss, this unity, what a benefit. less distance, what a benefit. builds more fear. make friends. make friendship on the basis of , you recognize a person being another human sister, and i am one of the human brother. out of 7 billion, we are same. according to religion, we are
all children of god. children. there are differences here and there. they are minor. basically, we are same. this feeling and try to implement as much as you can. so i talk, seminar, not one lecture, group discussion. what is the benefit? distance, what is the benefit? no benefit. , it is possible one religious group go to mars. one religious group go to moon. and then we find some other places to go. then we fight here and go different planet. that is impossible! >> [laughter]
dalai lama: we have to live on this small planet. so much better live harmoniously, happily, a sense of brotherhood, sisterhood. there is no other choice. see? ,thers follow other traditions impossible to eliminate. we have to live together. many religions friendly expressing. , thereligious group christian that are over one billion, cannot eliminate over one billion muslim. either the muslim cannot eliminate that. we have to live together. that is reality. much happier. this bloodshed, these things.
and when we saw on television -- particularly killing and particularly the children, women facing starvation, they are our brothers, our sisters. it is impossible to be indifferent. we have to as a community of human beings, as a social animal, they are happy, we also feel happy. they are suffering, we also feel suffering. uncomfortable. so no matter, we can achieve or not, mentally and seriously make
effort. whether it is you are not, that is a different question. everybody here, and not only some human beings eventually have to die. at the end of our life. then we accept our life. you made some positive attempt, then you feel happy. if you spent your life more destructively, at that moment you really feel regret or unhappy. and then also, there is a person who really carry life more compassionate, or sense of helping other people, serving other people. then when that person pass away, more people regret and also free. so that is nice.
other hand, if you carry your life bullying other people, cheating other people like that, then when death come, people who benefit you, or knows you feel very happy. the trouble they have no longer, very happy. >> [laughter] dalai lama: so what do you want when you pass away? more people concern your death or happy? what do you want? >> [laughter] dalai lama: huh? at least i want when i pass away that more people remember me and at least some prayer, and i feel happy. then at the time of my death i
say, troublemaker no longer. oh, how good. oh, how nice. >> [laughter] >> little possibility of that. [laughter] dalai lama: so, thank you. thank you, my brothers, my sisters. we all family. there are differences. some can do more. some can do less. but we all are part of humanity. we are part of the human society. particularly america, i would consider this nation a leading nation of free world. you can really make some serious contribution for better world. first, you yourself, your own place, you should create certain positive thing. then more other people get more
inspiration. like that. so please, think seriously at whatever way you can do, implement into practice, into action like that. ok. do you agree? >> [laughter] dalai lama: then on the black african sister, one time in south africa i visit one african family. then i told her now south africa now already get the democratic constitution and revolution. nelson mandela president, wonderful.
now emotionally, it take time to change. now the black people with such confidence and work hard. one of the guests told me, we black people, brain level inferior. i shout and argue. no! if you ask brain specialist any differences of brain due to different color, the specialist, the scientist will say no differences. my own experience, some hardline chinese officials make some
discrimination and consider tibet backward. only a question of opportunity. and opportunity come. we want to be equal like that. so i explain, explain. then finally that native african sighs with understanding, and he respond to me. now he convinced we are equal. at that moment, i felt true relief. at least i helped, i changed one person's mental attitude. certain confidence is very essential. so please, work hard. some people say of black people they are different or backward. you accept i'm backward, totally wrong. we are same human being.
so therefore, with confidence, work hard. that is very important. ok. [applause] >> thank you, your holiness. [applause] >> i want to thank everybody for coming today. our deepest gratitude for joining us today, your holiness. we have an audacious mission of envisioning a world without violent conflict. sometimes people say this is crazy talk. you have given us hope and encouragement to continue to pursue this very bold and audacious vision. and we thank everybody here for your continuing support, engagement, and work on this pathway. i want to conclude by noting we are 100 days out from the international day of peace on
september 21. i encourage everybody to join in taking action, moving toward the international day of peace and making it every day. thank you, once again. thank you. thank you, everybody. [applause] dalai lama: now international day of peace should create a whole year, a whole century. a whole decade. then a whole century. >> yes. [laughter] [applause] >> with your encouragement, yes. [applause] dalai lama: a lot of work to do that -- without pay. [laughter] >> thank you, everybody. >> ladies and gentlemen, please remain in your seats until the official party departs. dalai lama: thank you.
>> and no more [indiscernible] [laughter] >> president obama and james comey metadata about the mass shooting in florida over the weekend. we'll hear from the president and director coming next. heather clinton and donald trump also spoke about the shooting, we have the remarks later on c-span. . we are going public.
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deputy attorney general yates and the rest of my national security team about the tragedy , that took place in orlando. they are going to be doing a more extensive briefing around noon, little bit after noon over at f.b.i. headquarters. so i will allow them to go into all the details but i thought it was important for you to hear directly from me. first of all, our hearts go out to the families of those who have been killed. our prayers go to those who have been wounded. this is a devastating effect on all americans. it is one that is particularly painful for the people of orlando, but i think we all recognize this could have happened anywhere in this country. and we feel enormous solidarity and grief on behalf of the families who have been affected. the fact that it took place at a club frequented by the lgbt
community i think is also relevant. we're still looking at all the motivations of the killer. but it's a reminder that regardless of race, religion, faith, or sexual orientation, we're all americans. and we need to be looking after each other. and protecting each other at all times. in the face of this kind of terrible act. with respect to the killer, there's been a lot of reporting that's been done. it's important to emphasize we're still at the preliminary stages of the investigation. and there's a lot more that we have to learn. the one thing that we can say is that this is being treated as a terrorist investigation. it appears that the shooter was inspired by various extremists
that wastion disseminated over the internet. all those materials are currently being searched, exploited. so we'll have a better chance of the pathway that the killer took in making a decision to launch this attack. as director comey i think will indicate, at this stage we see no clear evidence that he was directed externally. it does appear that at the last minute he announced allegiance to isil. but there's no evidence so far that he was in fact directed, also at this stage there is no direct evidence he was part of a larger plot. in that sense it appears to be similar to what we saw in san
bernardino, but we don't in a -- but we do not yet know. this is part of what's going to be important in terms of the investigation. as far as we can tell right now this is certainly an example of the kind of homegrown extremism that all of us have been so concerned about for a very long time. it also appears that he was able to obtain these weapons legally because he did not have a criminal record that in some ways would prohibit him from purchasing these weapons. it appears that one of those weapons he was able to just carry out of the store. an assault rifle, a hand gun, glock, which had a lot of clips in it. apparently, he is required to wait three days under florida
law. but it does indicate the degree with which he was not difficult -- it was not difficult for him to obtain these kinds of weapons. director comey will discuss the fact there have been some investigation in the past that was triggered, but as director comey will indicate, the f.b.i. followed the procedures as they were supposed to and did a proper job. at the end of the day this is something that we're going to have to grapple with, making sure that even as we go after isil and other extremist organizations overseas, even as we hit their leadership, even as we go after their infrastructure, even as we take key personnel off the field, even as we disrupt external plots, that one of the biggest challenges we'll have is this kind of propaganda and
perversions to islam you see generated on the internet and seepapacity for that to into the minds of troubled individuals or weak individuals and seeing them motivated then to take actions against people here in the united states and elsewhere in the world that are tragic. and so countering this extremist ideology is increasingly going to be just as important as making sure that we're disrupting more extensive thoughts engineered from the outside. we're also going to have to make sure we think about the risks we're willing to take by being so lax in how we make very powerful firearms available to people in this country.
and this is something that obviously i have talked about for a very long time. my concern is that we start getting into a debate, as happened in the past, which is an either/or debate. the suggestion is either we think about something as terrorism and we ignore the problems with easy access to firearms, or it's all about firearms and we ignore the role, very real role that organizations like isil had in generating extremist views inside this country. it's not an either/or. it's both hands. we have to go after the terrorist organizations and hit them hard. we have to counter extremism. but we also have to make sure that it is not easy for somebody who decides they want to harm people in this country to be able to obtain weapons.
my hope is that over the next days and weeks that we're being sober about how we approach this problem, that we let the facts get determined by our investigators, but we also do some reflection in terms of how we can best tackle what is going to be a very challenging problem. not just here in this country but around the world. my final point is just to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those affected and send our prayers to those who are surviving and are in hospitals right now, their family members hoping they get better very soon. in the meantime, you can anticipate sometime around noon that director comey and deputy attorney general yates will provide you with a more full
briefing than this. ok. [indiscernible] obama: i think we don't yet know the motivations. here's what we do know. organizations like isil or organizations like al qaeda or those who have perverted islam and created these radical nihilistic vicious organizations, one of the groups they target are gays and lesbians because they believe they do not abide by their attitudes towards sexuality. we also know these organizations , they think it's fine to take
captive women and enslave them and rape them. so there clearly are connections between the attitudes of an organization like this and their attitudes towards tolerance and pluralism and a belief that all people are treated equally regardless of sexual orientation. that is something threatening to them. women being empowered is threatening to them. so, yes, i'm sure we will find that there are connections regardless of the particular motivations of this killer, there are connections between this vicious bankrupt ideology and general attitudes towards gays and lesbians. and unfortunately that is -- that's something that the lgbt community is subject to not just
by isil but by a lot of groups that purport to speak on behalf of god around the world. [indiscernible] -- needing to reform gun-control? april, i think: you know what i think about it. the fact that we make it this challenging for law enforcement, for example, even to get alerted that somebody who they are watching has purchased a gun, and if they do get alerted, sometimes it's hard for them to stop them from getting a gun is
crazy. it's a problem. and we have to, i think, do some soul-searching. but again, the danger here is that then it ends up being the usual political debate and the n.r.a. and the gun control folks say that obama doesn't want to talk about terrorism. and if you talk about terrorism, then people say why aren't you looking at issues of gun control? the point is that if we have self-radicalized individuals in this country, then they are going to be very difficult oftentimes to find ahead of time. and how easy it is for them to obtain weapons is in some cases going to make a difference whether they are able to carry
out attacks like this or not. and we make it very easy for individuals who are troubled or disturbed or want to engage in violent acts to get very powerful weapons very quickly. and that's a problem. it's a problem regardless of the motivations. it's a problem for a young man who can walk into a church in south carolina and murder nine people who offered to pray with him. it's a problem when an angry young man on a college campus decides to shoot people because he feels disrespected. it's certainly a problem when we have organizations like isil or al qaeda or actively trying to promote violence and are doing so very effectively over the
internet. because we know that at some point out of 300 million people they're going to be some individuals who find for whatever reason that kind of horrible propaganda enticing. if that happens in that person can get a weapon, it is a problem. >> president obama will visit orlando, florida following the mass shooting over the weekend. according to the white house, the president will pay his respects to victims' families and stand in solidarity with the community. the orlando shootings were the deadliest in u.s. history. on the masste shooting in orlando, florida with fbi director james comey and deputy attorney general
sally gates. they spoke to reporters after the meeting with president obama. deputy attorney general sally yates: good afternoon everyone. we are here to discuss the justice department's response to these unconscionable acts in orlando. our hearts are broken for the our hearts are broken for the unfathomable losses that people in orlando have suffered. as attorney general lynch said
yesterday the full resources of the justice department which includes the fbi the atf the national security division at injustice as well as the u.s. attorney's office are all supporting the ongoing investigation. our agents and investigators have been on the ground since yesterday. i want to thank our law enforcement colleagues in florida for their tireless and extraordinary work so far and their dedication to the ongoing investigation. i've also been in contact with the attorney general who was on her way back from china. she continues to monitor developments in the case. words really can't express the depth of our sorrow or the measure of our grief for losses that have been suffered by those and lives that have been changed forever. what happened was a horrifying act, a horrifying act of evil and terror. for the lgbt community, pulse
was more than just a place to go and celebrate. it was a place the promised inclusion and freedom. to be themselves. the same promise that our country holds for everyone. it was an attack on our values as a country. and on our national community. this was an attack on who we are as a nation and as a people. our country as a whole stands united in response to this cowardly and despicable act. and so, with this i will turn things over to director call me, who will provide additional -- over to director comey, who will provide additional details. fbi director james comey: our hearts are broken and ache for those who were lost in our land -- who were lost in orlando, those wounded, and their families. we're so sorry for your loss and your suffering. i also want to say a word of thanks and express admiration
for the local law enforcement of orlando. they showed professionalism and extraordinary bravery that saved lives. we are very lucky that people like that choose lives of service in law enforcement. last, i want to say a word of thanks to the wor the people who rendered care at the scene, the doctors, the emts, the nurses and ordinary citizens. you showed us the best part of humanity. as you know, this is a federal terrorism investigation, led by of our, with assistance state and local federal partners. there is strong evidence of inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations. we're spending a tremendous amount of time as you would imagine, trying to understand every moment of this killer's path to that terrible night in orlando. to understand his motives and to understand the details of his life. you will notice that i'm not
using the killer's name. and i will try not to do that. part of what motivates us sick people to do this kind of thing is some twisted notion of fame or glory. i don't want to be a part of that for the sake of the victims and their families. and so that other twisted minds don't think this is a path to fame and recognition. i want to give you a sense of what we know so far and then tell you as much can about our past contact with the killer. we are going through the life, as i said, especially his electronics, to understand as much as we can about his path and whether there was anyone else involved either in directing him over and assisting him. so far we see no indication that this was a plot directed from outside the united states. we see no indication that he was part of any kind of network. it is not entirely clear at this point what terrorist group you
terrorist group you supported, although he made clear his affinity for isil. he made 911 calls from the club during the attack at about 2:30 a.m. on sunday morning. there were three different calls. he called and he hung up. he called again and spoke briefly with the dispatcher. and then he hung up. and then the dispatcher called him back and they spoke briefly. there were three calls. during the calls, he said he was doing this for the leader of isil, who he named and pledged loyalty to, but he also seemed to claim solidarity with the perpetrators of the boston marathon bombing and a solidarity with a florida man who died as a suicide bomber in syria. the bombers of the boston marathon and the suicide bomber from florida were not inspired by isil. which adds a little bit to the confusion about his motives.
again, it is early. we are working hard to understand the killer and his motives and his sources of inspiration. but we are highly confident this killer was radicalized and at least in some part, through the internet so that is but we have been doing. now let me tell you what i can about the f.b.i.'s prior contact with the killer. we first became aware of him in may of 2013. he was working as a contract security guard at a local courthouse and he made some statements that were inflammatory and contradictory, that concerned his co-workers about terrorism. first, he claimed family connections to al qaeda.
he also said that he was a member of hezbollah, which is a shia terrorist organization that is a bitter enemy of the so-called islamic state, isil. he said he hoped that law enforcement would raid his apartment and assault his wife and child so that he could martyr himself. when this was reported to us, the f.b.i.'s miami office opened a preliminary investigation. and over the next 10 months, we attempted to determine whether he was possibly a terrorist. something we do in hundreds and hundreds of cases all across the country. our investigation involved introducing confidential sources to him, recording conversations with him, following him, reviewing transactional records from his communications, and searching all government holdings for any possible connections, any possible derogatory information. we then interviewed him twice. he admitted making statements that his co-workers reported, but explained that he did it in
anger because he thought his coworkers or discriminating against him and teasing him because he was muslim. fter 10 months of investigation, we closed the preliminary investigation. two months later, in july of 2014, the killer's name surfaced again in an indirect way. our miami office was investigating the florida man who had blown himself up for the nusra front in syria, again, the nusra front being an al qaeda group in conflict with isil. and we learned from the investigation that the killer knew him casually from attending the same mosque in that area of florida. but our investigation turned up no ties of any consequence between the two of them. in the course of that investigation, one witness told us, when asked, do you know anybody else who might be radicalizing, that he had once been concerned about the killer, because the killer had mentioned certain videos. but the witness had concluded that he later got married and had a child and got a job as a
security guard and a so, he was no longer concerned about him. our investigation again turned and interviewed the killer to find out whether he had any significant contacts with the suicide bomber for al-nusra. determined that he did not and in the inquiry that continued, focusing on the suicide bomber, with no further focus on the orlando killer. we will continue to look forward in this investigation and backward. we will leave no stone unturned. and we will work all day and all night to understand the path to that terrible night. we're also going to look hard at our own work, to see whether there is something we should have done differently. so far, the honest answer is, i don't think so. i don't see anything in reviewing our work that our agents should have done differently, but we'll look at it in an open and honest way and be transparent about it. our work is very challenging. we are looking for needles in a nationwide haystack. but we're also called upon to figure out which pieces of hay might someday become needles.
that is hard work. if we can find a way to do that better, we will. we will also do our best to be transparent about what we find going forward, consistent with our need to do an investigation in a good way, but we'll tell you as much as we possibly can. and let me close by saying something i have said before. we know that this killing is upsetting to all americans. we hope that our fellow americans will not let fear become disabling. because that is what these savages want. we hope that instead, you will channel this sense of things i something more positive, which is an awareness of your surroundings and the seeking of opportunities to help your fellow americans. as we saw with the tremendous lines of people giving blood in orlando. if you channel that anxiety into awareness, you can live your life and allow those of us who are paid to investigate and to stop terrorists to do that work while you live the full life that this great country offers you.
if you see something, tell us. so we can look at it. in every single one of our cases as we look back, somebody always sees something that they should have told us and they didn't. so, our request to you is, please don't let them make you work into a state of anxiety that is disabling. find ways to channel that into a healthy awareness of your surroundings, and live your lives. and we will keep you posted on what we learn from doing our work. thank you very much. [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2016] >> immigration officials will talk about visa overstays and national security. this starts at 10:00 a.m. eastern on c-span3. c-span's "washington journal," live every day with
news and policy issues the impact you. coming up tuesday morning, three members of congress will join us to discuss the mass shootings in orlando over the weekend. democratic california representative, ranking member of the intelligence subcommittee of the cia talks about the role of u.s. intelligence today and in the future. then, the chair of the homeland security subcommittee, pennsylvania representative scott perry, on homeland security. and senator tom harper of delaware, member of the homeland security and government affairs committee, discusses threats to government security. be sure to watch "washington a.m. on" live at 7:00 tuesday morning. join the discussion. >> we are going public. we will be watched by our friends and by people across the country.
and i would hope, as i have said before, that the senate may change and not as an institution. maybe it will become a more efficient body because of televised proceedings. >> the proceedings of the united states senate are being broadcast to the nation on television for the first time. not that we have operated in secret until now. millions of americans have sat in the galleries and observed senate debates during their visits to washington. but today, they can witness their proceedings in their own homes. >> in effect, the senate floor has been a kind of stage. the senators have been acting on the stage. the audience is in the galleries and by our action today we have fundamentally alter the situation.
we have simply enlarged the galleries, we have pushed of the walls to include all of the american people who wish to watch. >> commemorating 30 years of the u.s. senate on c-span2. now, hillary clinton talks about the mass shooting in a land of florida that occurred over the weekend. she called for stronger gun laws and a greater outreach to the muslim community in the u.s. to prevent future violence. this was held in cleveland, ohio. ladies and gentlemen, please welcome ohio united states senator, sherrod brown. [applause]
mr. brown: thank you. what a crowd. and what a moment for cleveland, for our state, and for our country. thank you so much for being here. this is a bit different kind of rally from when we first heard on friday what this would be about. there with us -- bear with us as we, first of all, thank everyone wendy for welcoming us today. thank you. [cheers and applause] our hearts are heavy as we mourn 49 lives lost in the horrific act of terrorism and hate in orlando. we're grateful, as we always are, especially today, especially this weekend, to the first responders whose bravery
saved lives. [applause] we continue to keep the law enforcement still investigating and the medical personnel at orlando hospitals carrying for the injured, we keep them in our thoughts. ohio stands united with the people of orlando. we stand united with the lgbt community worldwide. [cheers and applause] sherrod brown: we stand united with our entire country. we stand together with people of all faiths. with muslims, with christians, withjews, with hindus, people of all faiths. [applause] sherrod brown: our president
said yesterday, an attack on any american is an attack on all of us. [applause] our country, all of us individually, our country together must not let this, or any other heinous act of terror, divide us ever. [applause] sherrod brown: we know america is strongest when we're united. now is the time to unite behind smart, effective strategies to go after terrorism, wherever it exists, and to keep america safe at home and abroad. all, all while upholding the values that made the united states of america the greatest country on earth. [cheers and applause] sherrod brown: now is the time, beginning sunday, yesterday.
now is the time, now it is past time to finally muster the political courage to say, enough is enough. [applause] sherrod brown: now is past time to pass commonsense laws to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists and out of the hands of violent criminals. [cheers and applause] sherrod brown: sunday's violence was fueled by hatred. hatred which has no place in our country. as we watched the news in horror yesterday, my wife connie and i could not help but remember how very different we felt almost exactly a year ago.
we stood on the steps of cleveland's city hall, celebrating the historic marriage equality decision. [cheers and applause] that day, we: joined a community of lgbt americans and our straight allies in one joyful celebration. today we want our lgbt friends and neighbors to know that america stands with you in your grief and your outrage just as we stood with you in celebration a year ago. [applause] sherrod brown: understand, you are not alone, straight or gay, you are not alone. we are with you and we will not tolerate hate in our country, period. [cheers and applause]
while we grieve standing here at team wendy, i'm reminded of the resilience of our american spirit. marjorie and dan moore experienced the worst tragedy any parents can imagine with the loss of their daughter, wendy. but they took their grief and they turned it into action to protect other daughters and sons with the equipment that you all in this plant make here in cleveland, ohio. in doing so, in doing so, they and everyone at team wendy create good manufacturing jobs, contribute to our local community, and save lives. and what is better than that? [applause] sherrod brown: this is the american spirit. these are our values, values that we see every single day in
hillary clinton. [cheers and applause] sherrod brown: these are values that i saw from a distance and then beginning in 2007, when i came to the senate, and had the pure good luck of having my office right across the hall from senator clinton from new york, right across the hall for those couple of years in 2007 and 2008, these were the values that i see in hillary, these are the values i know in hillary, and these are the values that i trust in hillary clinton. [cheers and applause] sherrod brown: hillary clinton has the wisdom, hillary clinton has the resolve to keep our country safe and the conviction and the strength to refuse to let america be intimidated by terror. she has the courage to fight for
commonsense laws to protect americans from gun violence, she has the compassion to stand with lgbt americans and all americans who are the target of hate and violence, and she has the strength to unite americans to fight back against hate and violence with tolerance and love. [applause] sherrod brown: now more than ever, america need as commander in chief with the strength, with the experience, with the wisdom to unite us, to unite us by appealing to our shared values, not appealing to our fears. [applause] sherrod brown: i believe hillary clinton is that leader. i trust hillary clinton to be that leader of our great country. with that, it's my honor to
!ollision poin thank you all very much. thank you. thank you all. thank you. i'm absolutely delighted to be back in cleveland and be here at the industrial innovation center. i have had a chance to learn about the great work you do here. i especially want to applaud team wendy for everything you do to protect our troops, first responders. [cheers and applause] hillary clinton: and others from traumatic brain injury. it is so important that we continue to support those who protect us.
[crowd chanting "we want hillary"] hillary clinton: thank you. thank you all. [cheers and applause] it is good ton: be back in cleveland. i can tell you that. [cheers and applause] hillary clinton: i want to thank your extraordinary senator, sherrod brown for -- [cheers and applause] hillary clinton: for his leadership, for that very kind and generous introduction. you are very fortunate to have him representing you. i want to thank your congresswoman, marcia fudge.
[cheers and applause] hillary clinton: who is both indomitable and indefatigable. she's such a tenacious advocate for the people she represents. i want to acknowledge the mayor, mayor jackson, who is here. county executive. and i particularly want to recognize the passing of george voinovich. he devoted his life to serving the people of ohio, as mayor of cleveland, as governor and senator, and we send our prayers and sympathy to his family. i also want to thank dan moore, the owner and founder of this company and team wendy, for his belief in cleveland, for his commitment to create jobs. i can't wait to work with him to do more of what he has accomplished here. [applause]
hillary clinton: you know, originally i had intended to come to cleveland under very different circumstances. we are heading into a general election that could be the most consequential of our lifetime. but today is not a day for politics. on sunday, americans will go up to a nightmare that has become mind-numbingly familiar. another act of terrorism in a place no one expected. a madman filled with hate, with guns in his hands, and just a horrible sense of vengeance and vindictiveness in his heart. apparently, consumed by rage against lgbt americans and by andnsion, the openness
diversity that defines our american way of life. we will learn more about the killer in the days to come. we know that he pledged allegiance to isis, that they are now taking credit and that part of their strategy is to radicalize individuals and encourage attacks against the united states, even if they are not coordinated with isis leadership. but there's a lot we still don't know. including what other mix of motives drove him to kill. the more we learn about what happened, the better we'll be able to protect our people going forward. in the days ahead, we will also learn more about the many lives he viciously cut short. many of them young people just starting out in their lives. they were travel agents and pharmacy techs, college students and amusement park workers, sons
and daughters, brothers and sisters, and they had one thing in common. they all had a lot more to give. we should take a moment today amid our busy lives to think about them, to pray for everyone who was killed, for the wounded, those who are fighting to regain their lives and futures, for our first responders who walked into danger one more time. as a mother, i can't imagine what those families are going through. but let's also remember the other scenes we saw on sunday. we saw the faces of some of those first responders who rushed into danger and tried to save as many people as they could. we saw survivors like chris hanson who risked their lives to help others. people gathering outside
hospitals to comfort anxious family members waiting for news of their loves ones, and waiting too to learn more about what they could do to make sure this never happened again. religious leaders condemning hate and appealing for peace. people lining up to donate blood. americans refusing to be intimidated or divided. yesterday i called the mayor of orlando and offered my support and my appreciation for the leadership that he and the other officials have shown. this is a moment when all americans need to stand together. no matter how many times we endure attacks like this, the horror never fades. the murder of innocent people breaks our hearts. tears at our sense of security. and makes us furious. now we have to steel our resolve to respond.
and that's what i want to talk to you about. how we respond. the orlando terrorist may be dead, but the virus that poisoned his mind remains very much alive. and we must attack it with clear eyes, steady hands, unwavering determination and pride in our country and our values. [cheers and applause] i have no doubt, i have no doubt we can meet this challenge if we meet it together. whatever we learn about this killer, his motives in the days ahead, we know already the barbarity we face from radical jihadists is profound.
in middle east isis is attempting a genocide of religious and ethnic minorities. they are slaughtering muslims who refuse to accept their medieval ways. they are beheading civilians, including executing lgbt people. they are murdering americans and europeans, enslaving, torturing and raping women and girls. in speeches like this one, after paris, brussels and san bernardino, i have laid out a plan to defeat isis and the other radical jihadist groups in the region and beyond. the attack in orlando makes it even more clear, we cannot contain this threat, we must defeat it. and the good news is that the coalition effort in syria and
iraq has made recent gains in the last month. so we should keep the pressure on ramping up the air campaign, accelerating support for our friends fighting to take and hold ground, and pushing our partners in the region to do even more. we also need continued american leadership, to help resolve the political conflicts that fuel isis recruitment efforts. but as isis loses actual ground in iraq and syria, it will seek to stage more attacks and gain stronger foot holds wherever it can, from afghanistan to libya to europe. the threat is metastasizing. we saw this in paris and we saw it in brussels. we face a twisted ideology and poisoned psychology that inspires the so-called lone
wolves, radicalized individuals who may or may not have contact and direction from any formal organization. so, yes, efforts to defeat isis on the battlefield must succeed. but it will take more than that. [applause] we have to be just as adaptable and versatile as our enemies. as president, i will make identifying and stopping lone wolves a top priority. [applause] i will put a team together from across our government, the entire government, as well as the private sector, and
communities, to get on top of this urgent challenge. and i will make sure our law enforcement and intelligence professionals have all the resources they need to get the job done. as we do this, there are three areas that demand attention. first, we and our allies must work hand in hand to dismantle the networks that move money and
propaganda and arms and fighters around the world. partners, strengthening our alliances, not weakening them, or walking away from them. second, here at home we must harden our own defenses. we have to do more to support our first responders, law enforcement and intelligence officers who do incredible work every day at great personal risk to keep our country safe. [applause] i have seen firsthand how hard their job is and how well they do it. in orlando, at least one police officer was shot in the head. thankfully his life was saved by a kevlar helmet, something folks here at team wendy know a lot about. [applause] it's often been said that our law enforcement, our intelligence agencies, our first responders have to be right 100%
of the time. the terrorists only have to be right once. what a heavy responsibility. these men and women deserve both our respect and gratitude and they deserve the right tools and resources and training. too often state and local officials can't get access to intelligence from the federal government that would help them do their jobs. we need to change that. we also need to work -- [applause] we also need to work with local law enforcement and business owners on ways to protect vulnerable so-called soft targets. like night clubs and shopping malls and hotels and movie theaters and schools and houses of worship.
now, i know a lot of americans are asking how it was possible that someone already on the f.b.i.'s radar could have still been able to commit an attack like the one in orlando. have to see what the investigation covers. it are things that should and can be done to improve our ability to prevent, we must do them. we already know we need more resources for this fight. the professionals keep us safe will be the first to say we need better intelligence to discover and disrupt terrorists plots before they can be carried out. that is why i proposed an intelligent search to bolster a capabilities across the lord with appropriate safeguards here at home. even as we make sure our security officials get the tools they need to prevent attacks, it is essential that we stop terrorists from getting the
essential things. you forbi is watching suspected terrorists link, you should not be able to just go buy a gun with no questions asked. [applause] you should not be able to exploit loopholes and evade criminal background checks by buying online or at a gun show. [applause] yes, if you are too dangerous to get on a plane, you are too dangerous to buy a gun in america. [applause] i know some will say that assault weapons and background
checks are totally separate issues, having nothing to do with terrorism. in orlando and san bernardino come at service use --, terrorist uses the weapons. the ar-15, they use this to kill americans. that was the same as sullivan used to kill those little children in sandy hook. we have to make it harder for people who shared not have those weapons of war. that may not stop every shooting or every terrorist attack, but it will stop them and save lives and it will protect our first responders. [applause]
i want you to know i am not going to stop fighting for these kinds of provisions. the third area that demands attention is preventing radicalization and countering effort by isis and other international terrorist networks to recruit in the united states and europe. for starters, it is long past kuwaitisthe saudis, and others to stop their citizens from funding extremist organizations. [applause] and they should stop supporting radical schools and mosques around the world that have sent too many young people on a path toward extremism. we also have to use all our keep
abilities to counter jihadist propaganda online. this is something i spent a lot of time on at the state department. as president i will work with our great check companies to step up our game and we had to do a better job intercepting isis is communication, tracking and analyzing social media posts. as well as promoting credible and there can provide is more to do. [applause] online as well. since 9/11, law enforcement agencies have worked hard to build relationships from muslim american communities. millions of peaceloving muslims live, work and raise their families across america. [applause]
and they are the most likely to recognize the insidious effects of radicalization before it is too late and the best position to help us lock it. we should be intensifying context in those communities, not scapegoating or isolating them. [applause] last year, i visited a pilot program in minneapolis that helps parents, teachers, mental and othersessionals recognize signs of radicalization and young people. and work with law enforcement to intervene before it is too late. i have also met with local leaders pursuing innovative approaches in los angeles and other places.
we need more efforts like that in more cities across america. it is the director of the fbi who has pointed out we should avoid eroding trust in that community which will only make law enforcement jobs more difficult. inflammatory rhetoric and turning to band the families and friends of muslim americans as well as millions of muslim businesspeople and tours hurts the vast majority of muslims who love freedom and eight terror -- hate terror. [applause] saying we have to start special surveillance because of their religion, it is no coincidence
that hate crimes against american muslims and mosques have tripled after paris and san bernardino. that is wrong and dangerous. it plays right into the terrorist hands. as i have said before, none of us can close our eyes to the fact that we face enemies who use their distorted version of islam to justify slaughtering innocent people. the terrorists: note targeted lgbt out of bigotry. an attack on any american is an attack on all americans. [applause]
struggles to live freely, openly and without fear has been met by violence. we have to stand together, be proud together. there is no better refute to the terrorists that are open, diverse societies and asset in a struggle against terrorism, none the liability. it makes us stronger and more resistant to radicalization and this raises a larger point about the future of our country. america is strongest when we all believe that we have a stake in our country and our future. this vision has sustained us from the beginning. the belief that yes, we are all created eat all and -- equal and the journey we have made to turn that into reality over the course of our history, that we
are not made land of winners and losers. we should all have the opportunity to live up to our god-given potential and we have a responsibility to help others do so as well. [applause] you see -- as i look at american history, i see this has always been a country of we, not me. we stand together because we are stronger together. one, out ofnum -- many, one has it up through the darkest chapters of our history. wobbling colonies put aside their disagreements and united, because they
realized they were going to rise together or fall separately. generation after generation has fought and marched and organize to widen the circle of dignity and opportunity, ending slavery, securing and expanding the right to vote, throwing open the doors of education, building the greatest middle-class the world has ever seen -- we are stronger when more people can participate in our democracy. [applause] and we are stronger whenever lincoln share in the rewards of our economy and contributes to our community. when we lift each other up instead of tearing each other down. we have overcome a lot together and we will overcome the threat of terror and radicalization and
all of our other challenges. here in ohio and across america, i have listened to people talk about the problems that keep you up at night. the bonds that hold us together as communities, as one national community, are strained by in economy with too much inequality into little upward mobility, by social and political divisions that have diminished our trust in each other and our confidence in our shared future. well, i have heard that. and i want you to know as your president, i will work every day to break down all the barriers holding you back and keeping us apart. we will get an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. we will forge a new sense of connectedness and shared response ability to each other and our nation. and finally -- [applause]
finally, let us remind us all -- i remember, i remember how it 9/11 andthe day after i bet many of you do as well. all walks of life rally together with a sense of common purpose on september the 12th and on the days and weeks and months that followed. we had each other's backs. there was a republican president, the republican governor and a republican mayor. we did not a check each other. we worked with each other to protect our country and to rebuild our city. [applause]
a message of unity and solidarity to anyone who wanted to take out their anger on our muslim neighbors or fellow citizens, he said, that should not and that will not stand in america. it is time to get back to the spirit of those days. 9/12.pirit of let's make sure we keep looking to the best of our country, within each of us, democratic and republican presidents have risen to the occasion in the face of tragedy. that is what we are called to do, my friends. i'm so confident and optimistic that is exactly what we will do. thank you also much. [applause]
>> donald trump called for a temporary ban on immigrants from where terrorism is prevalent. his remarks are response to some is mass shooting in orlando. he spoke to supporters in manchester, new hampshire. >> ladies and gentlemen, the next president of the united states, donald j. trump. [applause]
donald trump: thank you everybody. thank you for joining me today. this was going to be a speech on hillary clinton and all of the bad things that are going on. especially what she would do as president in these very troubled times. of radical islamic terrorism. even her former secret service agent who has seen her under pressure and at times of stress has stated that she lacks the temperament and integrity to be the president. there'll be plenty of opportunities to discuss these important issues at a later time. i will deliver that speech very soon. today there's only one thing to discuss. the growing threat of terrorism. inside our borders.