Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly: Threat Of Terrorism Are As High As It Was Right After The 9/11

Submitted by: fancylad 4 months ago in News & Politics


This is Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly speaking earlier today at a NatSec evert at George Washington University. The state of terrorism on American soil came up and he has some bad news -- the threat of a major terrorist attack in the United States is greater now that it was right after the 9/11 attacks.

"The threat to our nation and our American way of life has not diminished," Kelly said. "In fact, the threat has metastasized and decentralized, and the risk is as threatening today as it was that September morning almost 16 years ago." He went on: "If lawmakers do not like the laws that we enforce, that we are charged to enforce, that we are sworn to enforce, then they should have the courage and the skill to change those laws. Otherwise, they should shut up and support the men and women on the front lines."
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That's because the Republicans in Washington love using fear mongering to get votes. 
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Male 7,581
5cats Yawn no it's not, next  May as well work on national security of preventing people from being fat or committing murder suicide.
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Male 3,807
normalfreak2 You honestly don't believe there is a terrorist attack threat or are you saying it is at an acceptable level in your opinion?
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trimble You have a better chance of winning the lottery AND getting struck by lightning at the same time than you do dying in a terrorist attack.

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trimble Yes, he honestly believes that not one penny should be spent to stop terrorism. 
A few thousand dead a year is nothing, trivial, meaningless.
Any terror organization or the governments that back them have his personal blessing. Especially if they kill Jews. He will make excuses and defend them, just like he has for all these years...

I wish I was joking or being sarcastic, but it's a fact.
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5cats In all honesty, it's true. The number of people killed each year by terrorists is blown away by trivial things like car accidents, cancer, smoking, alcohol, yet we spend hundreds of billions of d
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Male 7,581
5cats How you get "not one penny should be spent to stop terrorism" from my comment baffles me.  I'm not for reckless spending, reckless rules and laws and "alerts" by small groups of individuals that may want to do me harm.  We have Police for this reason, 

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Male 6,001
normalfreak2 "not one penny should be spent to stop ..." global warming?
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Male 39,767
normalfreak2 The same police you accuse of carrying out the systematic mass murder of blacks? I am so comforted by that...
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Male 7,581
5cats Again where did you find me saying that?  You are so full of hyperbole and alternative reality it's addled your brain.
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trimble Oh there's always the threat for terrorism.   I look at this from a numbers perspective.  You can't stop everyone from committing every crime.  Especially in our country given our freedoms.  I'm sure someone is planning to do something evil.  I think the blanket assertion that a terrorist attack could happen at anytime is silly.  A meteor slamming into me could happen at anytime.  The roof could fall in on me, I could get hit by car, etc.
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Male 39,767
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Male 3,807
5cats I do.
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Male 396
Do they mean right before the 9/11 attack? Dosn't get a much higher threat level than that.....
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Male 15,067
There really wasn't any terrorism right after 9/11. Maybe he's referring to the government hysteria level? Yes, I do mean "hysteria". The risk perception is out of all proportion to actual risk.
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Male 2,557
Imagine if they inspired hope and love in the same way they inspired fear?

Oh well, im just a hippie at heart i guess.
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Male 5,427
daegog Trump would still build his wall to keep them out. His Presidency relies on fear
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Male 1,367
thezigrat they all have used fear. it's nothing new by a long shot.
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Male 872
Rile up the cowards and have them vote republican

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Male 1,367
marsii troll attempt score: 2/10
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Male 872
squidbush Hasn't been that long since Bush. Not gonna ignore the lesson.
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Male 1,367
marsii both sides use fear and stupidity to get elected. it's pretty evenly distributed.
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Male 169
"the threat of a major terrorist attack in the United States is greater now that it was right after the 9/11 attacks." 

How To Use Words To Scare People:101
 Right after 9/11, all government agencies were on Ultra-high alert. The likelihood of a terrorist attack was next to zero.

When threat levels are greater than just before the 9/11 attacks, it's time to worry.



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Male 1,367
Nobbinz The fear we want to instill in the general public is higher than after the 9/11 attacks.  (fixed the quote)
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Male 169
squidbush Ah, I didn't bother my lazy arse with actually watching the video. Thanks for the clarification.

Gotta love a government that wants to instill fear in the general public. Nothing wrong with that.
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Male 1,367
Nobbinz I didn't either. The content was glaringly obvious. :)
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Male 3,843
sick of it?
Why not pay back what they pay you in?
They give you fear, give them fear.

4 words:
  1. Death
  2. to
  3. the
  4. presidency

gather, grow in numbers, chant those 4 words over and over, persist, and you will win.
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Male 1,367
monkwarrior Good way to make the FBI watch list. have fun with that.
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Male 3,843
squidbush That's fine, we're known to each other, and we both know they're too afraid to do anything.  
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Male 5,427
monkwarrior Chanting 4 words:  I Want Good Beer, I Want Good Beer, I Want Good Beer!
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Male 7,581
This is how the GOP operates FEAR.  Fear the other so the Government can take whatever rights it wants.  Beautifully played by Trump and the GOP.  A bunch of idiots and lemmings fell for it.
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Male 1,367
normalfreak2 both sides use fear as a primary motivator. There's nothing new here.
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squidbush I'm not sure it's the same thing for both sides.  GOP uses fear of your life, what fear of death does the Democrats currently employ?  I'm not disagreeing with your premise of the Democrats use fear, to me it's a bit different.  Fear of death vs fear of taking away healthcare?  (even though that's true)
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Male 3,807
normalfreak2 That's true in some ways, sort of like telling seniors the GOP will take away their Social Security. They have been using that one since Reagan.
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Male 7,581
trimble Isn't that true though?  They for sure want to change it. move towards privatization.  That is in effect taking it away, not for the current generation but for future generations.
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normalfreak2 OK, but be it SS or HC, changing it, moving towards privatization, fixing etc. are a far cry from "they are going to take it away and you will starve to death or die from sickness so you better vote for us".
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trimble waldo863

I'm sorry I don't believe the fear of having something taken away is the same thing as fear of being killed.
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squidbush That's the main problem, the thinking that only one of the two major parties is corrupt and will do anything for their power. Sometimes the lemmings need to look in the mirror.
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Male 1,052
trimble Yup, the polarization is terrible.  Both sides think that their side is right and the other side is wrong, even when they agree on the actual problems!  Truth is, both sides are partially right and partially wrong.  If they could just work together the way the system was intended things would work a lot better.
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waldo863 Bingo, but this is how the true one and only party wants it.
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Male 3,016
Well, I probably agree with him, seeing as our fucked up government has been doing everything it can to piss off everyone it can.
The only folks paying the bill are the everyday taxpayers who are less safe, pay more taxes to bolster a government with proven failed policies, and whose rights will further be infringed upon domestically, for threats generated internationally.
You know what? The federal government of the United States, is the terrorist - drop some of them that moabs on D.C. - make it a day when all the elected terrorists are in town.
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Male 1,367
captkangaroo We need to completely clean out every career politician and corrupt official and start over with NORMAL people that have actually had to work for a living and have at least experienced actual debt that they had to pay back.
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squidbush 
Not just the politicians - career or not, but every bureaucrat, pencil pusher and secretary - anydamnone that has been aiding and abetting the federal government. And yes, 5cats, that means people who worked under Obama, Dems and Reps alike.
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Male 39,767
squidbush People like.... Donald Trump! lolz!
Anyone but Hillary.
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Male 1,367
5cats Hillary isn't a career politician. She's a career criminal.
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squidbush 
Redundant terms that are synonymous.
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Male 1,052
Somewhat concerning seeing as last I checked my city is something like number 10 on the top target list.
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Male 1,367
waldo863 I live less than 2 miles away from a major oil refinery. yay!
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