Fareed speaks with former CIA Director Michael Hayden about the terrorist threat to the United States. Watch GPS special ‘Beyond the Manhunts: How to Stop Terror’ this Sunday at 10 a.m. & 1 p.m. ET.
Al Qaeda may be battered, but there's a new threat out there – the lone wolf. One person, or a small group, self-radicalized and determined to kill. In other words, Boston. The CIA and FBI are, of course, working hard to stop the next would-be bombers. But what exactly are they looking for? How do you track a shadow, someone harboring extremist tendencies quietly? Someone who might turn violent but isn't yet? The former director of the CIA General Michael Hayden says the United States is continually calibrating the balance between freedom and security.
I put my arm out and say now, this is what we're doing for you now in terms of security and the intelligence community, the defense community and frankly, we've made those attacks up here, the ones that were very punishing and about which we were very fearful – 9/11, World Trade Center I, the airliner plot over the Atlantic – we’ve made them very, very unlikely. And now we’ve got these, these one-off kind of attacks, like Boston, like Najibullah Zazi, going to New York, like the drive-by shooting in Little Rock. And I ask American audiences, what do you want me to do with my hand? Because I can actually push it down a little bit. I don't know how much more safety I'll buy you, but there will be some more safety.
But how much more of your commerce, your privacy or your convenience do you want me to squeeze for a marginal increase in safety? And as a citizen, as an intelligence professional, I'll follow the guidance of the republic. But as a citizen, I'm thinking, my hand is about at the right place now. I don't know that we need to do a whole lot more. Now, the secret within that is that sooner or later, some of this stuff is going to happen – and we all have to recognize that there is going to be a margin of risk that we're going to have to live with now.