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And -- -- again from Fox News and Washington.
That's -- marks the first anniversary of that daring night -- raid in Pakistan.
When Navy SEALs stormed Osama bin Laden's compound and killed the world's most wanted terrorist.
What are we stand now in the war on terror to find out we invited the president's chief counterterrorism advisor John Brennan to join us in mr.
-- welcome back.
To Fox's Sunday thank you -- good morning.
Before we get to the war on terror I want to ask you about the Chinese dissident Chen -- Chong.
Who is reportedly escaped house arrest is -- under US predict protection and is he's still in China.
I'm not going to address the issue of mr.
-- right now.
We are working very very closely who with the individuals involved in this and some -- lead to others in the US government -- responsibility for.
Can you tell me this as a as a draw no matter how does the president balance on the one hand his support for and desire to protect.
Human rights dissidents like Chan -- on the other hand not wanting to damage US relations with China.
Well I think it all instances the president tries to balance our commitment to human rights making sure that the people throughout the world have the ability to express themselves freely and openly.
But also that we can.
Continued -- carry out our relationships with the key countries overseas.
And trying to US relations is very important so.
Woman going to ensure that we do this in the appropriate way and that the appropriate balance is struck but would it be fair to say that he's not gonna give thought Shannon.
Sacrifice -- To satisfy the Chinese -- be fair to say the president as faced a similar situations in the past in terms this balancing.
Requirement and so I'm confident that the president and others but in the US government to are going to be able to find the right way forward but.
Forgive me is he going to.
Protect the security of this dissident -- the present we'll do whatever he thinks is that in the best interest of the United States as well as individuals involved all right.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security issued alerts this week the terrorist.
Made try this strike around the first anniversary next week.
Of the takedown of Osama bin Laden.
How seriously do you take this idea of an anniversary plot and isn't is there any new information.
About terrorist activity or -- Well I think as we've said publicly there is no credible reporting right now that there is an -- of plot under way to to coincide with the anniversary of the bin Laden takedown.
But the counters and community is used to making sure that work.
As vigilant as possible to guard against any efforts in the port of al-Qaeda or of the terrorist groups to -- such a day.
Clearly it was a momentous day in US history.
And so this is something that we're going to make sure that we are not going to let down our guard and we're going to stay extra vigilant factor in this period of time but you make it sound like this.
Primarily a precaution not that you have specific evidence out there.
-- trying to stop wealthy in the counterterrorism business on -- on a regular basis we have reports of threats to US interest and and plots to carry out attacks.
And it is up to our professionals and intelligence law enforcement and security.
Environments to track down all of these leads and that's who we're doing right now.
We heard a lot this week about Secret Service agents acting recklessly.
Plus reports that they may have been doing this for years as the president's chief counterterrorism advisor.
How seriously do you take the Secret Service activity.
This reckless behavior.
As -- -- as it may have been as a possible lapse -- security.
Well -- first of all.
The Secret Service has done a tremendous job over the years protecting the -- the first family's -- protecting these.
Clearly the reports of misbehavior in Cartagena.
For something that Mark Sullivan the head of the Secret Service takes very seriously he's taken very aggressive and speedy action.
Actions have been taken against the individuals involved by all accounts the security and safety the president was not compromise as a result of this.
But mark has put down the laws forests Secret Service behavior as well as what they need to be doing when they're on these trips with the president.
I guess I'm asking you as a counterterrorism advisor the prospect of Secret Service agents taking women they don't know.
In to their rooms possibility and it apparently didn't happen in this case that the possibility.
Of classified information or security information being in their rooms.
It would strike me.
That -- there would have been on fire at what might have happened -- He raises a number of questions about what actually happens and was there any time that these activities put it risky the quest for -- or security.
There is the investigation is still ongoing I think we have satisfied ourselves that there was not a threat at that time to the president.
But to mark sold into the senate is focused on this and has been continues stay focused on it.
To make sure we get to the bottom -- what happened in Cartagena as well as maybe other areas but also to take the actions that going forward.
That -- so the president and ensures that everything is done to prevent a recurrence of.
Meanwhile for current and former TSA screeners have been arrested out in the Los Angeles area for allegedly.
Taking bribes to allow drugs to be moved through security checkpoints and airports.
Do you worry that screeners might also take money to allow explosives or terrorist to get through checkpoints.
Well clearly want the people in these positions to fulfill the responsibilities which is to protect the American public and the traveling public.
And so any allegations along these lines are going to be investigated thoroughly but also John pistol -- -- of TSA.
Also is very interest in making sure that he has a workforce that understands what their performance.
And so he is also looking into any allegations of wrongdoing.
Bribery has certainly is something that raises a number concerns whether it be from the standpoint of allowing people -- with drugs or.
At that terrorists could take advantage of again these allegations are being pursued investigated but to -- pistol is Syria is a first class a manager leader of TSA and we have every confidence that we'll get the bottom of the.
There have been a lot of reports recently and kept Pauley who loses a former person in this area have raised questions about whether TSA is doing.
The right job and spent and screening for the right things or whether we've gotten caught up in this -- product -- -- All the ladies and and little children are being screened -- -- mean do we need to take another look at TSA in our screening procedures.
-- I think TSA is looking at its procedures on a regular basis is continues refined to strengthen but also make adjustments as necessary.
And this is something the TSA has done -- -- very successfully over the years.
Our ability to prevent terrorists from coming into this country of great getting aboard aircraft.
From compared to a decade ago.
And so therefore John pistol was looking at these procedures and he will continue to refine them and we have to make adjustments to make sure that -- -- You know preventing people from getting on planes in a speedy fashion but also optimizing ability to stop terrorists this is what he's dedicated to doing.
The Obama administration has refused to allow any pictures any videos from the bin Laden raid a year ago to be made public.
In fact you just won a case in federal court two to continue to keep those kinds of pictures and videos undersea.
Why well first all this no doubt whatsoever that bin Laden instead I think by all accounts it was very successful raid on the compound and a -- but.
What we don't want to do is to put out anything that is going to unnecessarily incite emotions on this issue.
These photos word confirmation -- for the government that it was bin Laden and so therefore.
We believe that there it's unnecessary to for something like that out.
I want to follow up on that because I'd like to show you a video that the Obama campaign has just started running take a look at this if you.
Took the harder it's in the more honorable.
And that one didn't.
Produce in my opinion.
The best results.
If the president is so concerned about not inciting violence against Americans putting for instance are soldiers in theater under threat.
Why make it such a big deal in his reelection campaign.
I don't do politics I'm not involved in the campaign.
Also I know is that the president's made the decision to carry out the raid -- bin Laden when he was presented with the circumstantial evidence that the money was there.
I think by all accounts it was a gutsy call.
And so what I'm just going to continue to do is to provide the president the advice and counsel that I can to ensure that we're able to destroy al-Qaeda as an organization.
But the forgive me as the chief counterterrorism advisor if you felt.
That kind of video was dangerous and could buy your wrong words incite violence against Americans I'm sure you could say to the president -- we need to cool.
I provide my advice and counsel present on a regular basis about the terrorist threat as well as anything that can -- and I'll continue to do that and does that video concern you -- continue to provide that -- the president directly.
Can you tell me what do you think that video is the -- the divisive provides the president is private advice they give them.
Do you think it's fair to suggest is that video does that Mitt Romney wouldn't have approved the -- to take down the line I think it's fair to say the president made the appropriate decision the American people when he -- -- authorize that raid in about a month I understand and and and he deserves all credit for but -- you eat it goes further than Chris I don't do politics of that -- before another Democrat or Republican I just try to do whatever I can't help the president keep the American people safe -- One year after the race where our way in the war on terror and how big a threat are at this point al-Qaeda central all of the -- pac region.
-- Qaeda in Yemen and the lone wolf terrorists in this country we've degraded the organization significantly.
Over the past decade and over the past several years and in particular as we've taken off -- battlefield the founding leader.
We're and determined to destroy that organization we're going to destroy it but if that's going to continue to require us.
To maintain this pressure al-Qaeda whether it be in Pakistan Afghanistan as well as in Yemen.
Al-Qaeda -- intense the presents a serious threat to us were working very closely with the Yemeni partners on a daily basis.
Because al-Qaeda in the and -- has demonstrated an -- as wells and ability.
To try to at least carry out attacks against our nation our homeland.
With the underwear Obama Omar Farouk Abdul adult with -- -- as -- -- the printer cartridge effort.
We're gonna continue to -- focus on degrading that that organization inside of Yemen until it is destroyed as well.
The lone wolf for the lone actor phenomenon is something that -- continue to be very mindful -- and also very vigilant about.
A daily basis the FBI is coordinating their efforts with.
Local law enforcement here.
We're -- we're working with our partners overseas so the Internet provides a ready opportunity for terrorist organizations be able to try to recruit -- -- site.
Individuals to carry out those individual attacks that.
Strikes military drone strikes against suspected al-Qaeda terrorists in our our operatives in Yemen where you say is the greatest source of concern now.
But in this case -- -- -- even if we don't know exactly who they are signature strikes because they may have the signature.
But not the specific identity that they are.
Involved in in nefarious deeds are our reports that you were concerned.
About giving greater leeway because you were concerned that we might not know -- some of these people work we might hit people who weren't involved in this might become.
-- recruiting tool for -- -- Well the drones -- the remotely piloted vehicles as it is a tremendously capable tool to use against the terrorist.
It has the ability to monitor there activities.
It provides a good insight to our intelligence panel analysts and operators in terms of intelligence surveillance reconnaissance.
It has the capability to carry out strikes as well.
When we're doing this.
We are doing it in full constant operation with our our partners internationally.
And this is something that the president suit has told us we need to work closely with these partners and so in Yemen in particular.
These groups and al-Qaeda and knew him peninsula in particular.
Are determined to kill Americans and the president has said we're going to do what -- -- had to stop them from taking more American blood.
I want to have finally take you back to the bin Laden -- which was almost exactly a year ago and I wanna put up.
Two pictures because you were dishonorable all the action let's put both pictures up first of all.
This is the morning of April 20 ninth exactly a year ago today in the diplomatic reception room of the white house with the president told just for a deal with highlighted.
You there are on the right.
It's a god that he was gonna go ahead and ordered the raid and then.
There is a picture that we can put up -- this is the small room off the situation room.
Where you when the president and they war cabinet watched as the rate went down what is your most vivid memory of those of this.
A year ago.
That day I think will live in all of our memories.
For the rest of our lives and that day was -- -- solemn day I think for all of us who gathered in the sit room.
My thoughts that day went back and forth between being focused on the mission.
Concern about the security of our special forces as well as trying to do everything possible to make sure that mission was a success.
At the same time was a day of reflection on all of those victims whose lives were taken by bin Laden and the al-Qaeda organization.
Many of us have lost friends I lost you know a teammate to my high school baseball team and FBI colleagues.
Those those images those memories kept flashing through my mind that day.
And it is something that I think was overdue and I'm glad we seize the opportunity when we had it so that of bin Laden could killed -- more.
And finally and picking up -- that I understand that when you went up to New York last September for the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
That you were given -- -- Yeah -- I -- to this day.
I -- look at it on a regular basis so that reminds me of of what we need to do to prevent another.
Tragedies like that from happening too make sure that American families and the families of others thought the world.
Are not going to experience the pain and sorrow that bin Laden brought upon them and so with it's a -- to to keep me going as well as to make sure that when times get tough.
A I'm going to continue to stay focused on the job that the president has asked -- to do and I'm determined to do that this renal want to thank you so much for coming in.
Thank you for talking with us thank you for your 1520 years of work to hunt down that -- the world is certainly a better place without -- -- thank -- --
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