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George Pataki, Bernard Kerik: Obama Must 'Wake Up' on Terrorism

By    |   Friday, 08 May 2015 08:33 PM

Most Americans don't need to be awakened to terrorism around the world, but President Barack Obama does, former New York Gov. George Pataki and past New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Newsmax TV on Friday.

"The problem is that it's not the American people, it's this administration," Pataki, who is considering a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, told "Newsmax Prime" host J.D. Hayworth.

"It's this administration that said ISIS was the JV team. It's this Obama administration that said we would degrade ISIS over time using Yemen as the model.

"Well, the Yemeni government has just fallen to Houthi rebels, radical Shiites backed by Iran. If that's the model, we are in serious trouble.

"What we need to wake up are not the American people, but Obama, his team and those charged with defending our freedom," Pataki said. "The sooner they do that, the more essential it is for us to have them do that so that we can feel safer here at home."

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Kerik, who headed New York's police force during the 9/11 attacks, said the White House must be "pre-emptive, proactive — and we have to come to the realization these aren't people you can negotiate with. There's no diplomatic solution here.

"The objective we should have is that we have to kill them before they kill us," Kerik said. "That's the bottom line, because that's their intent. There is no other mission for them other than to kill Westerners, Christians, Jews — and anyone who is not a Muslim.

"That is what they believe, and they'll tell you that. That's the way we have to go."

Both Kerik and Pataki called for reauthorization of the Patriot Act, which Congress passed in the wake of 9/11. It expires on June 1.

The law authorizes the vast data-collection programs by the National Security Agency that were ruled unlawful on Thursday by a federal appeals court.

The threats posed by the Islamic State and other terrorist operatives make the law even more critical now to the nation's security, Pataki and Kerik said.

"We cannot sit back and allow others to, over time, degrade ISIS," Pataki told Hayworth. "ISIS is out there every hour of every day plotting, planning, recruiting, and training to attack us here in America.

"We have got to destroy their centers over there before they have the chance to launch another attack here."

Kerik said local law enforcement is even more critical to the effort.

"The locals — meaning the local police, the local investigators — they will probably hear or see about or see some of this stuff before the federal government, before the FBI, and before federal investigators, so it's extremely important," he said.

While U.S. intelligence operations have improved greatly since 9/11, "intelligence is going to be the success in fighting these people on the ground here," Kerik said, "and it has to continue and get better every day."

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