The following is an excerpt from SARAH LYNCH | April 23, 2017 | CBSNews.com |
Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said that the “threat against aviation” keeps him awake at night.
“We know that would be the Super Bowl for the terrorists, to knock down an airplane in flight, particularly if it was full of Americans,” he said on Sunday’s broadcast of “Face the Nation.”
“We have taken measures overseas to reduce that threat,” he said. “But it’s something I watch every day, ask four or five times a day. Because there are a number of plots that we’re watching very, very closely. They’re very sophisticated. They’re very threatening. And the number one thing in my mind is to protect the American people.”
Kelly made the remarks in a conversation about threats posed by homegrown terrorism and whether there are any lessons to be learned about U.S. policy, or policy that should be put in place, in the wake of a deadly attack last week in Paris.
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