tv Secretary Johnson on Countering Violent Extremism CSPAN April 9, 2016 2:10pm-2:41pm EDT
i was there to throw the first pitch in florida. it was my third first pitch as secretary of homeland security. i threw out the first pitch at citi field in 2014, the first pitch at the nats game in 2015, and i had the privilege of throwing the first pitch last night in miami. throwing a first pitch, though i used to play baseball, is the most stressful thing that i do. [laughter] it is more stressful than any speech, any congressional testimony. because you only have one chance. you can warm up for 30 minutes in the bullpen, and what they tell you when you throw a first pitch, whatever you do, do not throw it in the dirt. throw it over the backstop. hit a fan. totally wild pitch.
but do not throw it in the dirt. i have been told that three times, repeatedly, before each of the three times i have done this. practiced, practice practice. it is stressful, because there are no do overs. when i create remarks for a speech, or create talking points, i create them and say, no, that's not right. i revise and work them over and massage them. i might even choose to massage a speech in the middle of the speech. but once the ball leaves your hand, there is no do over, no second chance. it is all in the hands of god. and so, the first pitch for the new york mets, in the dirt. i got the ball. it has the dirt mark on it. the second pitch at nats stadium last year was in the dirt. this is in front of 20,000, 30,000 people. last night, i said to david samson, the president of the club, just before i ran out onto
that beautiful mound, that beautiful field. i feel a strike. i feel a strike. i really feel good about this. then i went out there. i did not even hit the dirt this time. i hit the infield grass. [laughter] so, i hope nobody sees that on youtube or espn or anything. it was not one of my more proud moments as secretary of homeland security. thank you for being here today. this is one of our more important initiatives, for our government and for this president's administration. we are in, as all of you know, a new phase in the global terrorist threat, which includes not only the prospect and threat of terrorist-directed attacks by operatives who are trained and
equipped overseas, someplace, and exported to another country, but the prospect of terrorist-inspired attacks by those who are terrorist-inspired or terrorist-enabled, a new term we use now, terrorist-enabled, not just terrorist-directed. terrorist-inspired or terrorist-enabled. and those who would self-radicalized, in response to things terrorist organizations put out on social media, on the internet. it makes for a more complicated world. because those who self-radicalize, as everyone knows, could strike with little or no notice to our intelligence community or our law enforcement
communities. yes, when -- yet when someone does self-radicalize, one or perhaps two or three people, there is somebody, almost always, who was in a position to know or who did know close to that person or persons. i also know from my experience in homeland security and my prior time at the department of defense, we can kill an enemy but not necessarily defeat an enemy. so our cve mission, as we refer to it inside the beltway, is as important as any of our current homeland security missions, basic security, aviation security, maritime security,
cyber security. the work we do here is as important as any other mission we can undertake to keep the homeland, keep our homeland safe. in my view, building bridges to communities is essential, a central part of our mission. i'm gratified to see that within the last several years, our efforts have expanded and grown, and there is growing interest in our efforts. this conference today is reflective of that. i look around the room and i see all the material outside, the content of the discussions. i'm gratified that so many of us are now dedicated to this effort. building bridges is key. cve is not a law enforcement mission.
not a military mission. this is a homeland security mission, which is why i have personally undertaken, on my personal plate, a large part of this mission. i have personally been to boston, new york, brooklyn, columbus, dearborn, l.a., houston, minneapolis, and elsewhere. i will be going to philadelphia the next several weeks. on our mission to build, to partner with communities through our newly created, under the leadership of george salines, our newly created office for community partnerships, which leads the current interagency task force efforts at countering violent extremism. let me give you a few of my own observations i would like to leave you with.
about the domestic discussion, our domestic debate about cve, and my own observations with regard to our efforts in the united states on cve. observation one. this is a, i'm happy to say, bipartisan effort with bipartisan support. there's bipartisan support in congress for our cve efforts. there are those on both sides of the aisle who want to support and expand upon my department's role in cve. there is pending legislation to formally recognize and authorized an office for community partnerships, which has bipartisan support, particularly in our committees for homeland security. observation or comment number
two. many people ask me, are you targeting muslims? why are you targeting muslims? my answer to that is that our cve mission is a generic one. we are not targeting a religion, or even a specific group. we have a generic mission, but i must offer several caveats. first, the islamic state, which is the most visible, most prominent, and probably most dangerous terrorist organization we face right now, is targeting american muslims, so we must respond in counter to that effort, as a matter of homeland security.
which is why when i talk about building bridges to communities, most often i am talking about building bridges to american muslim communities, because that is who the islamic state is targeting. by their nature, domestic-based extremism, violent extremism, those here in the homeland, purely domestic-based with a purely domestic focus, are frankly difficult to engage. i don't have roundtables with violent white supremacists, as you might suspect. it is by its nature a different set of problems. we do have opportunities to build bridges with american muslims, and american muslim community leaders who are patriotic americans and who do want to help protect our homeland.
and we must, in my view, continue to build the bridges and take advantage of those opportunities. observation or comment number three. there is no one american muslim community, contrary to some of the political dialogue you may hear. contrary to some of the rhetoric, over-simplistic rhetoric, there is no one muslim community, no one hispanic community in this country. there are 1.6 billion muslims in the world. one in four people in the world are muslims. it is the second-largest religion in the world, as diverse as christianity. muslims occupy every continent of this planet, including this continent, and there are sects as diverse as christianity. in this country alone, among 3 million muslims, they include african-americans, egyptian americans, indonesian americans, iraqi americans, syrian americans, and many others. i personally witnessed a
pakistani american community in boston is very different from a syrian community in houston, or a somali american community and minneapolis. so the american muslim communities in this country are as diverse as christianity. there is no one neighborhood or ghetto or city that one could encircle or surveil to surveil american muslims, contrary to some of the political rhetoric that is out there, some of the overheated political rhetoric out there. so, as we build bridges to communities, we have to recognize there is indeed an "s" at the end of that word --
communities. it a broad -- it encompasses a broad set of communities across this country. observation number four. as we build bridges, we do indeed encounter suspicion among a lot of people, who suspect us of being law-enforcement undercover. it's not surprising we would encounter suspicion, but we keep at this. i believe in the 27 months i have been secretary, i have seen our efforts bring success. we do encounter suspicion, but people to hear our message and respond to our message. in fact, i know we are having success with our messages when we do encounter suspicion. we do encounter suspicion, but people do hear us.
people want to hear us, and people do hear us. my next observation, number five, which i have repeated several times, and i have promised american muslim communities i would repeat several times. it is in fact true. people ever heard me say this before. the overwhelming -- it needs repeating -- the overwhelming, overwhelming majority of american muslims, including those who serve in our united states military, by the way, and in our u.s. government, are patriotic, dedicated people who love this country, and who want to help us with public safety and secure our homeland. they know it's their homeland, too. i have been to the adams center in north virginia twice. each time, we begin our
discussions with the pledge of allegiance by a boy scout group and a girl scout troop. it bears repeating, though it should be obvious, the overwhelming, overwhelming majority, emphasis, of american muslims are patriotic americans like the rest of us. observation number six. you heard tom say part of the president's agenda is to empower local communities. that is correct. as i have traveled the country, i have noted the call for help and resources in communities to support their local, community-based efforts at countering violent extremism within those communities. these immunities the resources, which is why i'm pleased that in
this year's budget our congress has provided to the department of homeland security grant money for the first time to support our cve efforts. a modest start, $10 million. i know george wishes we had more. i wish we had more, and i hope we get more in fy '17, but it's a good start. we have opened that door. i hope our efforts at empowering local communities through grantmaking expand beyond this year. observation number seven. the tech sector, as many of you know, and philanthropy can help with our efforts to philanthropies can help with efforts to empower communities and support local efforts in those communities.
i hope in my remaining time as secretary to broaden the conversation to include philanthropies. the tech sector can help, and is helping, providing an alternate message to the message of the islamic state, al qaeda, and others. we have seen progress already, and i have been pleased by the fact several companies in the tech sector have stepped forward to provide leadership in this regard. the tech sector is also coming to and becoming more active in taking down terrorist content on the internet. it's a difficult job. it has gotten more complex with advances in technology, but the tech sector is interested in helping us to take down, and will take down if they have the opportunity, content that violates their terms of reference. this is a cve mission, and i
hope the government and tech sector can find ways to partner. observation number eight, which i have said now a number of times publicly in news interviews and other places. efforts to villify and isolate american muslims are counter to our homeland security interest and counter to our national security interest. given the nature of the global terrorist threat, we need to build bridges to communities, not vilify them, not drive them into the shadows, not isolate american muslim communities. we need to build bridges. so dialogue, proposals, proposals for certain
immigration policies that vilify american muslims are counter to our homeland security interest. while i have publicly avoided on numerous occasions participating in this year's political debate, which is hard to do, i have when a proposal or rhetoric, frankly, is counter to our homeland security interest, to our national security interest, have spoken out. efforts and dialogue that have the effect of vilifying american muslims are counter to our homeland security interest. i continue to repeat that. the last comment i have, which is one i believe firmly and
personally in -- you heard this earlier. our efforts must be consistent with who we are, consistent with our values, consistent with our immigrant heritage. this is something i believe in personally. this is a nation of immigrants. i'm proud of the fact we are a diverse society that embraces each wave of immigrants, embraces people of numerous religions and faiths, and i believe that those who know our history can and should learn from it, and those who do not know our history are bound to repeat it. testify a number of times in congress. i have -- depending on how you count -- somewhere between 92 and 108 committees and
subcommittees that oversee the department of homeland security. i testify a lot. the committee i testify for the most is probably the house homeland security committee. the housetold homeland security committee holds its hearings, where i testify, in the very same room where the house un-american activities committee used to hold its hearings. in 1949, there was a man by the name of charles s. johnson, who testified before the house un-american activities committee, and had to, in the height of the red scare, deny he was a member of the communist party, and went on to give an impassioned statement about how american a gross are -- american negroes are patriotic americans,
and those that seek change are not looking to undermine the government itself, but love the government and have paid in its -- have faith in its systems. that man was my grandfather. [applause] those who do not know their history are bound to repeat it. so thank you all for participating in this very important mission. thank you all for service to countriesry, to your in this effort. we in the department of homeland security look forward to continuing to work with you on this very important project. thank you all very much. [applause]
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