Counterterrorism Quotes

Here, we’ve compiled a list of the best Counterterrorism Quotes from famous persons: Michael Hayden, Eric Greitens, Robert Mueller, Paul Bremer, Benjamin Wittes. The wide variety of quotes available makes it possible to find a quote to suit your needs. You’ve likely heard some of the Counterterrorism Quotes before, but that’s because they truly are great.

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I used to have a little saying I used when people said, ‘What are your priorities?’ I’d give them a bit of government alphabet soup. I’d say ‘CTCPROW: Counterterrorism, counterproliferation, rest of the world.’
Since Bin Laden’s death, many Americans have decided that our job in Afghanistan is done. They see a victory in the counterterrorism campaign, and are tired of the corruption, confusion and dysfunction of the nation-building campaign.
Secondly, not only have we put additional agents on counterterrorism, but we’ve also built up our analytical structure so that we’re better positioned to analyze the information we have.
I think what we’ve learned is that the terrorist threat is serious, but it shifts. You cannot make a single person the sole focus of your counterterrorism.
Paul Bremer
I have fiercely criticized both the Bush administration‘s counterterrorism policies and the Obama administration’s – and fiercely defended both as well.
ICE does a lot of other things that people don’t realize. They work on counterterrorism, cyber security.
According to Richard Clarke, the former White House counterterrorism chief, Bush was so obsessed with Iraq that he failed to take action against Osama Bin Laden despite repeated warnings from his intelligence experts.
Ferdinand Mount
In the public‘s mind, Special Forces are often confused with the ‘door kickers’ of Special Operations Forces – such as SEAL Team 6 and Delta Force – who are the United Stateselite counterterrorism operators.
We certainly have the best special operations forces in the world and know how to do counterterrorism extremely well.
I think there was a pretty smooth hand-off from the administration of President Clinton to the administration of President Bush, particularly in the counterterrorism area. The reason I say that is because there was, for transitions, I think a stunning continuity.
When we uphold the rule of law, our counterterrorism tools are more likely to withstand the scrutiny of our courts, our allies, and the American people.
Given our law enforcement authorities, our central role in the Intelligence Community, and the span of our responsibilities – from counterterrorism to counterintelligence to criminal investigations – we’re particularly well-positioned to address cyber threats to our national security.
Our intelligence community needs better coordination of operations and exchange of information, and that’s why we need an overall director of national intelligence and a national counterterrorism center.
Counterterrorism, cyberterrorism, it’s real.
Just take terrorism, for example. We have a team of more than 200 people working on counterterrorism. I mean, that’s pretty intense. That’s not like what people think about what Facebook is.
Counterterrorism analysts have known for years that al Qaeda prepares for attacks with elaboratetargeting packages‘ of photographs and notes.
We worked to develop our own operations to advance U.S. counterterrorism objectives by penetrating terrorist safe havens and collecting intelligence that would inform policy and enable our own operations.
Cofer Black
Our counterterrorism tools do not exist in a vacuum. They are stronger and more sustainable when the American people understand and support them. They are weaker and less sustainable when the American people do not.
Broader social concerns within Muslim communities, such as discrimination, integration or socio-economic disadvantages, should be treated distinctively and not as part of counterterrorism agenda, which has been counter-productive.
Agents who have left the Secret Service to join other federal law enforcement agencies report that training in firearms and counterterrorism tactics in those agencies in many cases far exceeds the quality of what the Secret Service offered.
By the time President Obama took office, Guantanamo was viewed internationally as a symbol of a counterterrorism approach that flouted our laws and strayed from our values, undercutting the perceived legitimacy – and therefore the effectiveness – of our efforts.
My admonition is, ‘No counterterrorism lead goes uncovered.’
As a former undercover CIA officer, I’ve worked with my colleagues in the 114th Congress to approach the growing terrorist threat from a number of angles, including addressing the issue of terroristsease of travel, combating terrorist recruitment strategies, and improving our own counterterrorism capabilities.
Many of Bush’s defenders have praised him for keeping the country safe since Sept. 11, 2001. He deserves that praise, and I’m perfectly happy to defend most of his surveillance, interrogation and counterterrorism policies against his critics.
Afghanistan remains an opportunity to deal al Qaeda a vital strategic blow, especially since we have abandoned all operations – including counterterrorism operations – in Iraq.
As a CIA officer, I worked counterterrorism and counternarcotics cases, and I have an acute awareness about the threats facing our country, both foreign and domestic.
Every threat needs to be taken as: ‘This is the one; this is the real threat.’ That’s how we focus on things in counterterrorism. You never know which terrorist threat is the real one. And you treat every one as though this could be it; this could be the big attack.
When we uphold the rule of law, our counterterrorism tools are more likely to withstand the scrutiny of our courts, our allies, and the American people. And when we uphold the rule of law it provides a powerful alternative to the twisted worldview offered by al-Qa’ida.
Terrorists continue to exploit divisions between law enforcement and the intelligence communities that limit the sharing of vital counterterrorism information.
I knew from the beginning that privacy was going to be a huge issue, especially with regard to applying Total Information Awareness in counterterrorism. Because if the technology development was successful, a logical place to apply it was inside the United States.
John Poindexter
One of the great intellectual failures of the American intelligence community, and especially the counterterrorism community, is to assume if someone hasn’t attacked us, it’s because he can’t or because we’ve defeated him.
The scientific community should work as hard as possible to address major issues that affect our everyday lives such as climate change, infectious diseases and counterterrorism; in particular, ‘clean energyresearch deserves far higher priority. And science and technology are the prime routes to tackling these issues.
Counterterrorism, counterproliferation, and counterintelligence are staples. The four countries of highest interestRussia, China, Iran and North Korea – are constants.
One of the reasons I continue to speak out is that the solutions to the counterterrorism problem involve other parts of the national security community – especially other elements of the Department of Defense, State, FBI, Homeland Security and the staff.
John Poindexter
I’m over here with the French counterterrorism experts talking about the ‘Charlie Hebdo’ case, how we can stop foreign fighters from coming out of Iraq and Syria to Europe, but then we have this phenomenon in the United States where they can be activated by the Internet, and, really, terrorism has gone viral.