How safe is the US against terror?
Weighing concerns over national security
- Duration 3:58
- Date Oct 18, 2012
Weighing concerns over national security
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Our front we're learning more about the arrest at a suspected terrorists in New York City.
-- Bangladeshi -- odd man accused of plotting to bomb the Federal Reserve building just blocks from ground zero you're seeing a picture of him on your screen right now.
Never looking back and some other thwarted plots on US soil because he's been a few as of late that have really got a lot of attention in September of 2009.
An Afghan American tried to use chemical explosives.
To -- in New York City Subway system.
And October 2010.
A Pakistani born American was arrested for plotting to attack metro stations in Virginia.
November 2010 a Somali American was arrested for plans to bomb an -- -- Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
So this is just a listed what are the questions were asking is it a hot.
How cool so are we right now when we see these thwarted attacks what is -- state.
Of the war on terror -- about -- is a former Homeland Security advisor for New York State.
And a former secretary of public safety for the seat as well so when you think about that how safe are -- This is -- a chilling reminder that the threat continues that.
It's really evolved it's the longer the attack who we think of and context of 9/11.
It's on a concerted cell that's come it's rather these individuals who come into a community like queens they melted into this community and then they get.
It is they are radicalized when they arrive here or they become radicalized.
If you were called the Times Square bomber that to two years ago -- -- -- he was here he gains of the Connecticut and yet nobody really knew they end.
Had the had no background you know it's interesting to thinking that this young man 21 years old so that would put -- about the age of nine.
When 9/11 happens and he has -- apparently that he was watching the videos.
-- -- tomorrow rocky the cleric who was killed in drone attack in Yemen.
So this brings that you know whether or not al-Qaeda being on the path through the road to destruction matters.
If there's still the ideology that exists it's inspiring these people that want to hurt us.
Clearly that's a great point then and -- people overlook that.
No -- we think we've.
Blocked off the head through the excellent prosecution the military.
In this country.
They they're still exists these role warriors.
Who come in and get have no cut ties with the the government -- law enforcement the below the radar screen completely and yet they get this inspire magazine which is kind of -- common thread to a lot of these incidents.
And he learned how to do things like make bombs.
So how do you target somebody like this -- we hear that he's from Bangladesh you think well that's not the typical place that we hear.
About so many naked fat well for so -- I think anyone who says cynicism -- only the end of the among Greta -- can only be -- North Africa you know that's a very narrow perspective.
It could be anywhere in the world with their sympathizers in people's that there is saying this is what we need to change -- -- every time we hear about these attacks being toward and you think OK if there's one.
There's got to be dozen others he know what they can be smarter or better and -- very scary feeling -- I'm curious as a professional.
But also as a regular person -- aggressive as -- already draw the line between dealing with reality.
You know when you take a look at all these cases -- the Department of Justice is brought in a sixteen since 2006.
Nobody has been dismissed because of entrapment so what they did Justice Department has figured out is it.
This is the way due to set up these stings but you know it's very important to try to make that fine line between aspiration -- operational.
But that's what again this is such a dramatic incident here in New York.
The -- was in his hotel room pushing the send button on his cell phone to detonate the bomb.
I've actually participated in building a month learning how to do -- -- Homeland Security facility New Mexico.
I know what it takes to kind of do this it's not something that you can just do because you want it to her try to try -- you need to be did determined to do this.
Let me gives us another idea the profile this type of person.
And also gives us something I think about Michael thank you pretend your expertise LA thank you before have you.