Syria a 'top' concern for homeland security chief
February 26th, 2014
02:56 PM ET

Syria a 'top' concern for homeland security chief

By Jamie Crawford

 

The U.S. homeland security chief says chaos and instability in Syria remain a top concern for protecting the country from attack.

 

"I would say that for those of us in national security and homeland security in this government, this particular issue is at the top of the list or near the top of the list for us," Homeland Security Secretary told a congressional hearing on Wednesday.

In his remarks, Johnson said he has been working with his European counterparts to monitor border enforcement and watch for the movement of would-be terrorists traveling to and from Syria.

 

Johnson was testifying before the House Homeland Security Committee.

 

"We see more and more jihadists pouring into Syria for the fight in the rebel forces who have been now infiltrated by al Qaeda affiliates," the panel’s chairman, Rep. Michael McCaul, said.

 

"It's becoming one of the largest training grounds now in the world, in my judgment, surpassing" the tribal areas of Pakistan, he said.

 

In addition, Johnson heralded constant vigilance toward aspiring terrorists already in the country like the two brothers accused in the Boston Marathon bombing last year.

 

"I am also concerned about those who self-radicalize," Johnson said.  I think that the Boston Marathon bombing may be a sign of the future.  And in many respects, those threats are harder to detect,” he said.

 

“And so working with state and local governments, first-responders, police commissioners, fire departments, funding, training, preparedness," are critical to addressing the threat, he added.

 

Johnson also called for an increase in information-sharing between the intelligence community and homeland security officials, calling such cooperation "key" in carrying out their missions.

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  1. Mhgfd Fhft

    Note: there are no real americans left in america only illegal alians their anchor babys plus the anti-american mental problems from the most disfunctioal regions on earth i.g. crap in crap out big crap trouble for every dreamer.

    February 28, 2014 at 9:21 am | Reply
  2. Mhgfd Fhft

    Do radical musliums have gold grills (teeth) like operational black militants in the West. WORDS ONLY PLEASE...

    February 28, 2014 at 9:05 am | Reply
  3. Riley7

    The Radical Free Army (Jihadist) is now demanding gold from Christians for their safety..... I had offered to go there and pay them, but the U.S. will not let me......... Instead John McCain seeming to suffer from Dementia goes there to support them.... Where has the real U.S. gone?

    February 28, 2014 at 2:42 am | Reply
    • mfad

      sir i believe you are mistaken or confused with Daaesh or jabhat al nusra(The Support Front for the People of Levant") those are extremist armies fighting in syria the free syrian army does not do that they do not kill innocent people they are known for it most of the massacres commited are by the terrorists and the assad regime.

      March 5, 2014 at 7:35 pm | Reply
      • FemAnon Legion

        You are absolutely correct. Thank you!

        March 10, 2014 at 12:12 am |
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    February 27, 2014 at 10:32 pm | Reply
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  7. clockwork angel

    “The U.S. homeland security chief says chaos and instability in Syria remain a top concern for protecting the country from attack.”??!!...sounds like a false flad event about to happen.

    February 27, 2014 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  8. Arnold

    Muslim terrorists!

    February 27, 2014 at 11:33 am | Reply
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  12. virginia

    If Democracy is not implemented in Syria the only outcome is for Syria to become desolated like Afghanistan, or stay under Al Assad's control....taken full control of Syria by force is out of reach, not recommended, doing so insure the shift of power and Israel becoming part of the east apart from the West, that is something to be avoided as far as i can see into the future...the destruction of Damascus as well as the complete possession of Syria by the west either outcome means the end of the world as we know it. would it bring peace? there is a 50-50 chance of either outcome complete destruction of complete peace and harmony..of this i am not sure what will happen for sure.. if Israel become part of the Easter nations and Syria a part of the Western nations the will for sure switch the balance of power ...it could bring forth the world we all want to live in or the complete destruction of the world we live in...???????????not sure yet which one will be...for a while i thought i would be the solution but then abruptly i came to think it could me mean the end death all around also...implementing Democracy in Syria doesn't change the balance of power it only take a fair share of the price and benefits for both side...this outcome can be reached with confidence...the destruction of Damascus even by ignoring it should not be allowed, nor should the complete possession of Syria.

    February 27, 2014 at 12:13 am | Reply
  13. George patton

    Syria poses a threat to U.S. national security? Now I've heard everything. Exactly what do these people take us for?

    February 26, 2014 at 4:34 pm | Reply
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    February 26, 2014 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  15. Donald George MacDonald

    “The U.S. homeland security chief says chaos and instability in Syria remain a top concern for protecting the country from attack.”??!!

    Past and continuing world militarism provides the fear and self-justification that malleable citizens need in order for them to further endorse their leaders' expanding and modernizing military might. The expanding and escalating cycle thus feeds itself and prospers, like a self-perpetuating social and moral virus allowed to further drain our global health and wealth.

    The majority of our world citizens, led by leaders of nations, movements and religions, continue to forget that this social and moral virus is reversible, is curable and is not yet terminal.

    February 26, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  16. Donald George MacDonald

    “The U.S. homeland security chief says chaos and instability in Syria remain a top concern for protecting the country from attack.”??!!

    The Machiavellian leaders of both movements and nations are still, somehow permitted by a majority of their followers to issue ultimate threats of wars even when each new battle has taken an increasing toll. Many millions of our world citizens have already bravely sacrificed their health and lives for and because of the causes and conflicts created and continued by the leaders. Yet still, leaders are somehow permitted to coerce or order our finest youths to defend more of their chosen causes and to attack more of their chosen foes.

    February 26, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  17. Donald George MacDonald

    “The U.S. homeland security chief says chaos and instability in Syria remain a top concern for protecting the country from attack.”??!!

    After the Revolutionary War ended in 1783, U.S. citizens continued to serve in the military and bravely sacrificed their lives in 19 more wars. 19 more wars, all of which occurred in foreign countries with the exception of the War of 1812, and the Civil War and American Indian Wars when we turned our guns upon our own people.

    And in the U.S., we sit with our eyes blankly staring and with our mouths agape every 4th of July and say, "ooh and aah" as we again celebrate our “bombs bursting in air.”

    In the U.S., almost from birth we are taught to sing our National Anthem written, of course, about and during a war, the War of 1812.

    In the U.S., almost since birth we sing most loudly, always in unison and cheer as fighter jets perform low fly-bys.

    In the U.S., we sing about “the perilous fight” and “rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air.”

    In the U.S., our National Anthem fittingly concludes, “Then conquer we must,”

    In the U.S., our majority of citizens require or pressure even our youngest children to promise to obey our government which is after all, the same when we "Pledge Allegiance to the Flag."

    February 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm | Reply
    • Donald George MacDonald

      And our United States citizens have always been told, “there are no diplomatic alternative left,” so our finest sons and daughters must again go to war as bravely as we did and our ancestors did.

      And our U.S. leaders have always pledged that our finest sons and daughters bravely sacrificed their lives in foreign nations for something..."for our further freedom and democracy at home."

      And our U.S. leaders and citizens still try to coerce more of our finest youths to defend more of their chosen causes and to attack more of their chosen foes.

      And the U.S. has allocated $572 billion in "defense" spending for 2014.

      And our majority of citizens only parrot to others that U.S. global military strength and expansionism and weapons productions and weapons sales will make us safer when instead the opposite is surely true.

      And even our most patriotic and brave soldiers will not be able to protect us from our foreign blunders.

      And even our most patriotic and brave soldiers will not be able to protect us from those who fear U.S. global military expansionism and from those who covet our sold weapons of mass destruction and from those who despise the arrogance of U.S. actions and its failed foreign policies.

      February 26, 2014 at 3:54 pm | Reply
      • Donald George MacDonald

        It remains a common individual and social tragedy when Christians, Jews or Moslems express beliefs in God, then are coerced or inducted to wound, kill or die for their countries or causes. It is especially tragic when any world citizen who feels love, and who shares love with others, enters the military and goes to war. It is tragic when our finest youths still agree to kill other equally perfect human beings.

        February 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm |

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