Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
Concerns tonight that our country is vulnerable to more terrorist attacks and this time from Europe.
Common security chief Michael Chertoff now says -- terrorists.
Could be making their way into the United States using European Union passports with clean records -- saying quote.
I have a good degree of confidence we can catch the people coming then.
But I have to tell you there's no guarantee and they're working very hard to slip by yes.
So what is the government's plan to -- -- -- from these rats.
Former army lieutenant colonel James cap on -- is -- a senior fellow at The Heritage Foundation and he specializes in Homeland Security.
A welcome James let me ask you does it sound to you like Michael Chertoff knows of some impending threat.
Well this isn't news it's certainly not new.
This has been widely discussed since 2003.
-- you -- is not a secret that al-Qaeda has wanted to recruit westerners.
People who will blend in -- -- or -- are from Western Europe to get in the United States because we're less likely to suspect that.
But the fact that he brought this up today makes me wonder if he knows about something.
While I don't.
-- I mean that's not his style -- mean.
You there are several times that your office kind of -- things and people of made news Adam couple years ago he said well I'm worried about terrorist attacks are ready just run around saying oh my god what is he knows they're going to be a terrorist attack.
Mean the truth says you know this is a huge country you know it's -- we're never gonna prevent every terrorist attack all the time everywhere sometimes -- secretary just reminds people that is.
Good security doesn't mean perfect security were never have perfect security and -- we made big news stories out of this -- I don't know I'm right here not so he's giving SF had -- let's be on the look out for these guys coming from.
I European Union what are we supposed to look for explain that.
Well -- -- we've added a lot of steps to the process since 2003 look for people like that.
Lou Reed you know we have terrorist watch -- for example we manifests that we get early we do we have intelligence -- We do behavioral monitoring.
So we have a whole range that you tell you guys we didn't have a T -- are you talking guys in the airports who are looking out for suspicious behavior people coming off from overseas flights -- that -- -- -- We we do that here we also do it occurred at domestic airports and they also -- -- at airports overseas as well so that's.
One -- we've got lots of these things -- -- added to this system.
Try to the best thing right -- -- even before the terrorist leases apartment.
It's -- no he sees a suspicious character.
And it and end to find to be before he gets near an airplane so we've done is we try to put all these things together they talked about and I let report connecting the dots.
-- different people have different -- information putting it together.
-- it will want to get a terrorist who wanted to -- and he has no record and we're gonna send the United States well if you get a terrorist decision -- of these.
Got a record business -- there independent commission we need to get -- -- gonna have to leave it there thanks so much for joining us we'll see -- found thanks.
-- -- -- --
Filter by section