“We have in fact kept close tabs on those who we believe have left and those who’ve come back,” says Johnson. “But you can’t know everything.” Indeed. Especially when your administration is committed as a matter of policy to denying the nature and magnitude of the threat.
Stahl asks him, “So do you think if it were easier for these kids to get there, there would be more of them going?” Johnson answers, “Probably.” But why? Why would they all want to join up with a group that twists and hijacks the true, peaceful teachings of their religion?
“Homeland Security: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson talks about the evolving role of his department’s massive security efforts,” by Lesley Stahl, CBS News, April 5, 2015 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
Lesley Stahl: As I understand it, of the 180 Americans who have gone overseas to fight in Iraq and Syria, 40 have come back. I assume you’re keeping close tabs on those 40?
Jeh Johnson: We have in fact kept close tabs on those who we believe have left and those who’ve come back. A number have been arrested or investigated and we have systems in place to track these individuals. But you can’t know everything.
More than 3,000 Europeans have gone to Iraq and Syria to fight with ISIS. One reason so few young people from the United States have gone, he says is geography.
Jeh Johnson: We are separated from the hot spots by an ocean, which does make it more difficult.
Lesley Stahl: So do you think if it were easier for these kids to get there, there would be more of them going?
Jeh Johnson: Probably. And so border security is not simply preventing people from getting in, but very often preventing somebody from leaving for the wrong reasons….
Yes, what could possibly go wrong with that?