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There's a bombshell new report that says that a US counterterrorism task force.
Received a warning that camera -- and I have had a return from his six month trip to Russia.
The Washington Post reported today that the information was then given to a single official at the US Customs and Border Protection.
Agency at Boston's Logan Airport so he's the one individual -- used to be identified who knew that -- and was indeed back in the country at that point.
We're joined now very glad to be joined now by former Pennsylvania governor Tom Ridge who was our nation's first Homeland Security secretary.
After September 11 and help with so much of this infrastructure in place a circuit morning always good to have you with us governor.
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So what look at -- in my when you hear that that an unidentified customs officer was provided the information that he had returned to the country.
Well a couple of things go through my mind as you know there's a a warning system called tax and I suspected he was given that information is through with this device.
The question is what information did he have when he took a look at this individual's name.
And it was he aware of the fact that the FBI had did previously been alerted by the Russian authorities.
Had done their own preliminary investigation -- chosen not to have pursued any further I mean there's a narrative here that has a lot of unanswered questions.
Did the CIA and the FBI talked to one another at what point in time did -- Of course it's CIA couldn't do it but did the FBI even think about using a -- -- to take a look at some of the perhaps is -- phone records and electric tracing some his sick conversations electronically so I think.
I've before arrested judgment there's a lot of legitimate questions that need to be asked and answered but I think it's with a premature right now -- Point the finger just at that Customs and Border Protection agent.
Well you know and it it's it's highly possible that he didn't have sort of the structure to you know and wasn't told sort of how to go about coordinating all of this right.
I mean I think -- -- North I think we'll learn a -- -- you know it's not just the name normally there's some information associated with the name right and again I think I think you go back to -- -- -- There are broader questions here I think.
You say to yourself how frequently to the Russians pick up the phone and call the FBI and the CIA I mean -- we don't agree on very much these days and so if if if it's an infrequent phone call you wonder why we don't do more even without the cooperation of the of the Russian authorities so.
You have many.
Questions will be answered and and frankly -- instead of finger -- in this found some admitted to a deep dive quickly to break -- that happen again.
I mean I think after 9/11 you know we had -- -- Department of Homeland Security created.
The I understand that there's ongoing investigations and has -- a wanna share things but why not just say there.
Listen if anyone comes across -- Alice and I have we can't tell you why.
What you need to make sure to let us know immediately mean doesn't that seem like the -- most basic thing that -- -- bent.
Where it's a fair question in light of the fact.
That the Russian authorities contacted.
Both the CIA and the FBI.
That in and of itself one would think.
Would be an alert.
That they would keep their eyes on him regardless of whether or not directions they gave them any additional information -- so it's a legitimate question and right now there doesn't seem to be any satisfactory answer you know you -- you have all the databases you want you can have all the technology you want every once allowed just makes comments since -- used -- good judgment.
And again it's that context within which the Russians may have -- type I I'd I don't know for a fact I doubt if we get a lot of this information from the Russians about.
Potential terrorists in the United States that may not be an area of great cooperation because frankly in the world very US Russia relationship right now there are too many areas of cooperation think that it of itself would -- of a red flag to me.
-- -- -- that the nine up folks here felt like the Russians were concerned about something that might happen on their own turf that they were worried about the -- -- their own reasons and that it didn't set off.
-- -- red flags for our folks and you know we know how.
Hard so many of these people work and it's it's certainly not to -- to take anything away from -- but I am curious if you're frustrated.
As the first head of the department of homeland security and you think about all the controversy that went into the creation of the Patriot Act of being able to tap into somebody's cell phone.
Watch what they're doing online this guy I was in the right injury age.
He -- age range he was you know putting -- hottest videos online he was traveling back and forth to a very dangerous hotbed of terrorism.
Why on earth.
Would he not have -- absolutely every single alarm -- that should have gone -- in the system that we created.
Well you raised 888 common sense threshold.
That one would think would have triggered more extensive investigation again not necessarily by.
The the Department of Homeland Security -- -- their only yet they are consumer information I've tried to explain to people -- over the past ten years they don't have their own intelligence capability it's up to -- the law enforcement community to take advantage of the Patriot Act -- and ended investigative tools of that nature.
So it remains to be seen whether or not this individual or other individuals in the joint terrorism task force were aware of his travel to and from and -- -- now there's a lot of finger pointing but there's there's -- still to be written.
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