Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson about the country’s safety in a post-9/11 world.
“We are stronger against another 9/11-style terrorist-directed attack from overseas,” said Johnson. “We’re better than we were 15 years ago.”
But Johnson also had an alarming report regarding domestic terrorism.
Lone-wolf attacks, such as the Orlando and San Bernandino shootings, are concerning, according to Johnson. He called the terrorist organizations’ ability to reach and radicalize American citizens a relatively new development.
Wallace quoted some statistics about the current state of security infrastructure, noting the hundreds of open FBI investigations in all 50 states and the issue that TSA screeners may miss most weapons or other dangerous substances during security checks. He asked, “Is the threat we face now worse or less serious than during 9/11?”
Johnson answered, saying that America was “stronger” in protecting itself against terror attacks from overseas and that the government’s newest focus was confronting the threat of homegrown, lone-wolf actors.
Earlier this year, Johnson was confronted by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) for what several have called a censorship of terror.
During a hearing of the U.S. Senate Committee of the Judiciary, Cruz mentioned a “scrubbing of law enforcement and intelligence materials.” He said that the 9/11 commission report contained the words “jihad” 126 times, “Muslim” 145 times and “Islam” 322 times. Since the release of the report, Cruz said that there has been an implementation of a systematic policy to hide those words.
Johnson said that the existence of the language did not change the fact that there were clear targets the US would pursue to combat terror. Johnson also said that there was a real danger to giving ISIS the “credence that they want,” which is “to be referred to as part of Islam.” His comments reflect the rising trend of the word “Daesh,” an Arabic derogatory term often used to label ISIS extremists. The term is used by Arabs and Muslims to indicate that there is nothing Islamic about extremism.