Obama said Americans should feel safe inside the nation over the holiday season, relaying information from his national security advisers that there is not "any specific and credible information about a threat on the homeland."
WASHINGTON (Talk Media News) – President Barack Obama said Thursday that Americans should feel safe inside the nation over the holiday season, relaying information from his national security advisers that there is not “any specific and credible information about a threat on the homeland.”
Speaking at the National Counterterrorism Center, Obama said his “highest priority is the security of the American people.”
Obama took the opportunity to put terror threats into perspective.
“I think everyone here will agree, we have the very best intelligence, counterterrorism, homeland security and law enforcement professionals in the world. Our folks are the best,” Obama said.
He said the officials are “relentless” in their efforts, “pouring over the latest information, analyzing it, integrating it, connecting the dots. They’re sharing information, pushing it out across the federal government and, just as importantly, to our state and local partners.”
He said that though it often goes unnoticed, “our professionals have a remarkable record of success.”
“Of course, when terrorist pull off a despicable attack like what happened in San Bernardino, it tears at our hearts, but it also stiffens our resolve to learn whatever lessons we can and to make any improvements that are needed,” he said.
He said that the world has entered a “new phase of terrorism,” one made up of lone actors and smaller groups that are harder to detect. However, he said, “Just as the threat evolves, so are we.”
He pointed to three areas of focus for the administration: attacking terrorism overseas where “they plot and plan and spew their propaganda,” preventing terrorists from getting into the U.S., and keeping “strength and resilience” as one people.
Considering how the Islamic State uses the Internet, Obama said he is working with “law enforcement, high tech leaders, communities, faith leaders and citizens” to figure out how communities can “inoculate themselves from the kind of propaganda ISIL is spewing out.”
Following a meeting of his National Security Council on Monday, Obama said from the Pentagon, that the U.S.-led coalition is strategically “hitting ISIL harder than ever.”