Are we safer than we were on 9/11?
General Michael Hayden weighs in
- Duration 4:16
- Date Sep 11, 2012
General Michael Hayden weighs in
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Fans would -- good people.
And New Jersey and Connecticut.
As we mourn the loss.
-- -- You know -- -- -- -- Following the September 11 attacks president George W.
Bush promised justice would be served but is President Obama keeping that promise.
By -- in the US withdrawal from Afghanistan or is this were just too long to begin with.
Joined right now by the former CIA Director General Michael Hayden.
Who's also director of the National Security Agency on September 11.
General are you concerned that we're not getting new intelligence.
With our new policy since 2008.
Well in one area -- I think we're falling a bit short.
We just don't detain people anymore and if you don't detain them.
You don't interrogate another other sources of intelligence penetration human sources -- -- intelligence in injured at this one very important thread.
We've just not gotten much information from detainees and so that's 1 area that I am indeed concerned about we have made it so.
Difficult and politically dangerous.
To detain anyone.
That are option -- seems to be is simply kill them.
Because we just basically -- the army manual to question and it becomes too controversial because we have nowhere to hold them because we're trying to shut down gitmo to begin with.
I think that second point is the real key when -- if we capture someone.
And we do not have the ability to put them into an article three court to put them -- into the American legal system right.
Why think at the beginning that process it appears we decide not to capture them.
I know you love the fact there -- it would it would kill al-Qaeda Al Libby -- -- number two is read I know you love that.
But it makes people -- homes wondered are we indeed safer because the al-Qaeda.
Brain trust is dying through drone strikes are -- All you know we we we definitely are an al-Qaeda pride -- that.
That group that harmed -- eleven years ago today along the Afghanistan Pakistan border is far less capable.
Today than they were five or ten years ago we still -- dangers out there that O'Brien today.
That group wants out iconic mass casualty attack -- in the United States they're probably not capable of that.
But it doesn't mean they aren't capable of lower threshold -- lower casualty attacks that are frankly.
More difficult for us to prevent right but when you look at what they're doing -- -- look at what they're doing able to to perpetrate.
In Iraq and also know we're not gonna have two wars to keep them occupied.
Are you concerned that they're really gonna start focusing here like bin Laden was throughout the ninety's.
Over the longer term right now what we see is most of those groups in there for five now franchises we call them.
Very active in that stretch from Morocco all the way to Bangladesh.
-- most of those seem to be focused against local targets except one.
And that's al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula al-Qaeda in Neiman and that group -- the most dangerous has global pretensions.
And how concerned are you that it DB there's something on the Internet.
Or a dvd could inspire somebody -- -- here at home that might have their paperwork together that allows him to be here.
Now that that's that's a real danger -- -- the longer this war goes on the more we see these occasional incidents of individuals lone wolf self radicalized -- radicalized to the Internet now.
-- -- We in the United States just because of the kind of society we are.
Probably have less of a problem here than some of our European allies think this problem is not zero in the United States.
General I'm glad you still working now -- the private sector to keep us safe.
But thanks much for joining us this morning as we look back at eleven years since 9/11 attacks to find out where we're at today thanks -- -- --