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Ron Hosko: 'Small Terror Cells,' As in Paris, Often 'Under Radar'

By    |   Friday, 09 January 2015 12:40 PM

In light of the recent terrorist attack in Paris, former FBI Assistant Director Ron Hosko tells Newsmax that small terrorist cells — like the one the French are contending with now — are very hard to detect.

"You have these individual cells that are capable of staying under the radar," Hosko told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV on Friday.

"There's going to be these little calls to action — whether it's a person, a small group, or a larger group — and they're going to take action," he said, "and we see the damage that it can do."

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According to Hosko, "collectively, the FBI and law enforcement and the intelligence community do really an excellent job at trying to identify those who would do this sort of harm."

However, "government can't be everywhere, every time — we cannot monitor, nor should we, everyone's Facebook," he said.

"Even were you to be able to do that, you still have to put into context words that may be on a Facebook post, and when do words project or really allow you to determine what actions will follow?" Hosko asked. "It's very difficult."

He contends that because of privacy concerns, "law enforcement is having a more and more challenging time collecting the dots. Before they connect the dots, they have to collect the dots, and it's going to make things more and more challenging for law enforcement."

There is a "growing public debate — which is an appropriate debate — [and] the voices get louder in favor of security, that 'I don't want you, the government, to have any of my information even though nothing in my information is going to suggest wrongdoing. I don't want you to touch it,'" he said.

"My fear is that collective judgment will come down in the wrong way, and we will open the door more for actions like we see going on in France right now," he added.

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In light of the recent terrorist attack in Paris, former FBI Assistant Director Ron Hosko tells Newsmax that small terrorist cells — like the one the French are contending with now — are very hard to detect.
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