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-- are with me now was Mike -- is the national security expert and former Intel officer for the Department of Defense Mike good morning to you.
-- the this is homegrown terrorism.
The these are two guys without a criminal record.
How difficult is it to stop something like this.
Well this is -- we have to rely on layers of defense so it apparently what happened here is we had a great alert citizen you know we have vigilance on the part of the American public.
They notify the authorities and then the fusion centers process the information and -- the FB IJ TTF joint terrorism task force conducts the operation and take -- down.
So this is a case with a system actually works -- -- we have to really support these kinds of efforts by both the American public to report suspicious activities.
As well as law enforcement making sure they have the authorities actually carry these kinds of operators and that's like the 12 punches and -- -- -- best tools.
They are for this type of terrorism I mean there's large scale.
International terrorism that's a different game that's intelligence and military and overseas operations but this homegrown threat -- -- we've got prison radicals they had a case in Torrance California a few years ago.
-- was radicals you know US citizens radicalized in prison we've had the Fort Hood shooting as you mentioned.
And again you know the military and federal government all of those locations become what are seen as legitimate targets.
Don't way to stop that is through good police work it requires these you know the vigilance of the public.
And then working in hand in hand with state local law enforcement.
Still think it's critical to you don't have a criminal record -- you can really go under the radar especially your home.
Now what we've we've had two cases now -- -- goes back a week ago -- ready yet a US marine Washington DC that was arrested on suspicion of terrorism.
Are trying to cause harm.
Is the system set up for.
I guess our military folks of the screen.
As properly as they can now.
Well we -- screen them for things like criminal records you know and for psychological -- the problem of course we have one point four million people in you know in uniform and that's a huge population and in any population that -- gonna have some -- characters.
Which is why we rely again on layers of defense we're not gonna be -- to stop -- from joining.
But -- we can do -- be vigilant and alert and whenever you see something you have to say something.
Good reminders thank you Mike.
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