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Homeland Chief Jeh Johnson: Likelihood of Terror Attacks 'Still There'

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By    |   Thursday, 29 Sep 2016 08:52 AM

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the likelihood of a terror attack by "homegrown violent extremists" on American soil is "still there," according to The Washington Free Beacon. 

During an Atlantic Magazine forum about security issues, Johnson said homegrown violent extremists, or HVEs, are a concern that must be addressed and that threat is "difficult to detect, given the nature of it."

"People ask me, 'What keeps you up at night?' That is thing number one, the prospect of another home-born violent extremist acquiring a weapon or tool of mass violence and carrying out an attack somewhere here in the homeland," Johnson said.

There is not a good way to determine how many attacks by extremists will happen, he continued, and "if you're asking how many San Bernardino or Orlando-type attacks will we have in the year 2017, no national security, homeland security, or law enforcement expert is in a position to quantify it. We haven't ended the scourge.

"You cannot eliminate all risk, whether it's a terrorist attack, or mass shooting, or gang violence," he added. 

Prioritizing is key to addressing threats, he continued, and "you can't say everything is a priority. You've got threats that are high-impact, but not necessarily high probability.

"Then you've got threats that are high probability, but likely, or perhaps, less impact, like a (homegrown violent extremist) attack, which could involve as many as 50, as many as 10" deaths," Johnson said during a panel discussion with former Homeland Security Chief Tom Ridge.

Homeland Security is at work to maintain safety at political conventions and other high-profile events, but safe events get less coverage in the media, Johnson said.

"If there's a successful national political convention from a political standpoint, it's the result of a lot of hard work and dedication. That doesn't always get reported. Bad news is front page news, but the good news in homeland security is no news," he added. 

Homeland Security is also addressing cyber security involving the U.S.' election systems. Johnson told senators at a hearing that 18 states have taken the agency's offer to help them improve their security, according to CNN.

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