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Kerik: Paris Attack 'Will Happen Here If We Allow It To'

By    |   Monday, 12 January 2015 10:23 AM

Being on high alert for Islamic terror attacks is the new status quo, and the United States and the world need to adjust their mindset accordingly, former New York City Police Commissioner and Interim Minister of the Interior of Iraq Bernie Kerik said Monday on "America’s Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"These aren’t renewed [threats], these are continual," Kerik said. "There is a continual threat by radical Islamic organizations around the world no matter what their titles are. No matter what their names are, be it ISIL, ISIS, al-Qaida, whatever.

"These are continual threats. They're not going away, they haven't diminished. They're increasing and we just have to get used to it."

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It's shocking, Kerik says, that whenever an act of Islamic terrorism is committed, "people act like they’re stunned that somebody had the audacity to do this."

"They told us they were going to do it," Kerik said. "They continually tell us they're going to do it. They continually send messages on social media.

"Nobody should act like we're stunned that this happened. The reality is it's going to happen if we allow it to happen, so we're going to fight this enemy abroad or we're going to fight it here."

A takeaway from last week's deadly terrorist attacks in France is that state and local police forces need not be demilitarized, as many in the U.S. have called for in the aftermath of  the deaths of two black men at the hands of white police officers.

Specialized units need more preparedness training, not less, he said.

"We spend an enormous amount of money on Green Berets, SEALs … all those people that protect us abroad, but I have to tell you, the local and state police are tasked with the protection of U.S. citizens here from both criminals and terrorists, yet there's limited funding and resources for training dedicated to major cities' SWAT teams and tier-one counter-terrorist hostage rescue units," he said.

"Those are the guys, those are the men and women, that's going to be called in a situation like Paris. Ask the people of Paris today if they believe if their local and state police should be demilitarized after what happened there. I don't think so.

"We have to make sure that our local police, our state police units have the resources, have the training they need to combat threats like this should they happen in this country."

Kerik also supports the U.S. being more aggressive in identifying and tracking Americans who go abroad to join the jihadist movement in places like Iraq and Syria.

"There must be laws on the books that allow us to go after them," he said. "If they're bearing arms for a foreign nation, these people should be charged criminally. They should be charged with treason if necessary, and if there aren't laws to go after them, then we should create them."

He criticized President Barack Obama for missing this weekend’s unity ceremony in Paris, where some 40 heads of state came together after the violent terrorist attacks at Charlie Hebdo newspaper and a kosher grocery store.

The media should have placed more emphasis on the attendance of Arab leaders, including the king of Jordan and his wife, Kerik said.

"People have to focus on the fact that there were some Arab leaders that were there, and that's extremely important on the worldwide picture, to let Muslims know around the world that there are real Muslim leadership that is against these attacks," he said.

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