DHS chief wants law enforcement more involved in people’s private lives to stop terrorism


Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly had strong words on preventing lone wolf terrorist attacks when he addressed a Senate panel Tuesday, suggesting that local law enforcement needs to probe further into people’s private lives.

“Every small town [and] big town, is at risk from this lone wolf stuff. I don’t know, as hard as I’ve thought about it, if there’s a way to prevent it, predict it, get our arms around it, other than local cops and sheriffs getting into people’s business, legally — outreach, and all that kind of thing,” Kelly said.

The conversation stems from the recent terrorist attack on the London Bridge that killed seven people and was carried about by three individuals on their own.

In light of Kelly’s suggestion, Sen. Gary Peters (D-Mich) questioned Trump’s plan to cut FEMA funding that subsidizes local first responders.

“An unlimited amount of money, parceled out to every big city [and] small municipality in America might prevent a lone wolf attack,” Kelly told Peters. “But of course we don’t have an unlimited amount of money . . . We plug in numbers and try to somehow evaluate what might be a logical target, not necessarily for the lone wolfers — they’re everywhere — but a logical target or a target that might be at higher risk, say New York City, than another municipality. Particularly from an external terrorist.”

Kelly also took the time to join his voice with the President’s in frustration at the unconstitutionality of the Trump administration’s proposed travel ban.

“While some discuss, debate, and argue the name, title or label that best describes the president’s [executive order], professional men and women like me are actually in the business of implementing the president’s intent to secure the nation and we are doing that,” Kelly said. “We’ll let the chattering class and self-appointed critics talk about the name. I just hope that Congress sees the wisdom of what the president is trying to do to protect America and it’s people.”

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