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Bernie Kerik: I Hope Japan Doesn't Give In to ISIS

By    |   Tuesday, 20 Jan 2015 02:10 PM

Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik tells Newsmax that he hopes that Japan does not give in and pay the ransom the Islamic State (ISIS) has asked for in exchange for two Japanese hostages.

"As tragic as it is, I would hope that they do not relent to the paying of the ransom," Kerik told J.D. Hayworth on Newsmax TV's "America's Forum" Tuesday.

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"That would make matters far worse for other people in the future," he explained.

ISIS released a video Tuesday saying that the group will kill the two Japanese hostages unless Japan pays $200 million in three days. While Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is demanding that the hostages "not be harmed and that they be immediately released," he also said that "the international community will not give in to any form of terrorism."

Kerik said that "hopefully, there's some way between intelligence and the special operations community to get to these guys before they carry out these executions."

"Historically, they have acted on every threat, so I don't see anything good coming out of this, unless we can get to them before they are actually killed," he explained.

The former NYPD commissioner said that "[ISIS] may be in movement and for us that's good because the more they move, the more possibility there is that the intelligence community picks them up, and we can get people in there to get these guys out of there and kill the enemy itself," he added.

As Europe is reeling from the terrorist attacks it has faced recently, Kerik says that it is forcing European countries to reconsider their policing methods.

"[Whether] in London, France and some of the other European countries, their local police historically have not been armed, at all — forget about heavy weapons, they just haven't been armed and they don't even carry side arms, historically," he explained.

"They need protective gear, protective body armor, the cops need side arms, certain units are going to need special weapons and heavy weapons," he said.

"It's a change in environment in policing in the world today, not just Europe, in the United States as well," he contends. "Our special operations community has to be prepared for threats like we saw in Paris and in other places around the world."

"Those same threats are coming here and we have to be ready to fight them off," he added.

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Former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik tells Newsmax that he hopes that Japan does not give in and pay the ransom the Islamic State (ISIS) has asked for in exchange for two Japanese hostages.
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