January 17th, 2015
05:41 PM ET

Panetta: We're facing 'much more aggressive form of terrorism'

Fareed speaks with former CIA Director Leon Panetta about how the U.S. should respond to the recent terrorist attack in Paris. Watch the full interview on GPS this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.

There are a lot of people who feel that the United States doesn't face quite the same danger, partly because, as you say, we've got oceans and watch lists. But also because the Muslim population in the United States is much more thoroughly assimilated than in Europe. Would you agree with that?

Well, I think obviously that since 9/11, we've done a very good job of being able to improve our intelligence gathering capabilities, our law enforcement capabilities, our intelligence in terms of being able to track the particular threats that are out there. And clearly our Muslim population has the opportunity to become citizens in this country, to integrate more fully into our society. And that gives us an advantage.

But having said that, the reality is that when these foreign nationals are able to come back into our country – and there are thousands of these nationals that are overseas in Syria and Iraq, in Yemen – I think it still represents a real danger in terms of the United States.

I don't think we can take anything for granted. I think we're dealing with a much more aggressive form of terrorism coming at us in a number of different directions, as I said. And the United States ought to continue to remain very vigilant and very aggressive in going after this kind of terrorism.

Would you expand the no-fly list, the watch lists? Would you put in place new procedures for even more intrusive intelligence, intelligence gathering?

You know, one thing I learned as CIA director is that you can always improve what you're doing in terms of being able to develop, not only the lists, but develop the intelligence that's needed in order to make sure that we're able to track these individuals.

I mean, we do have the watch list. We have pretty good security with regards to those coming into this country. I think we have a good capability there.

The problem is in dealing with those in the various European areas where there is, frankly, less aggressiveness at going after these individuals when they return. So the real challenge here is going to be for the United States to work very closely with our counterparts in Europe to make sure that these watch lists are shared, that we're working together to make sure that these individuals are being tracked when they try to come back to the various countries, and that we work together operationally to be able to go after them once that happens.

So there's room for a great deal of improvement here in order to make sure that we're at the top of our game in terms of trying to protect our country.

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  1. Bobsnot2U

    Did I ever tell u the one about pontifus maximus declaring hell is a real place?

    January 19, 2015 at 4:48 am |
    • Bobsnot2U

      No. You never did, Bob. Brb. Got to shave.

      January 19, 2015 at 4:49 am |
    • banasy©

      No, probably because he doesn't care. The only one who seems to is you, Philip.

      January 19, 2015 at 10:56 am |
  2. Butchkunt2U, rather.

    he he

    January 19, 2015 at 4:50 am |
  3. Butchkunt2U,

    Yes. Both Donna Banas an little miss chrissy are bull dikes. Have you ever seen pics of them? I have. Omg. Butch bulls both.

    January 19, 2015 at 4:52 am |
    • banasy©

      No, and you never have either, Philip.
      God does't like liars.

      January 19, 2015 at 10:55 am |
  4. Butchkunt2U,

    My name is Donna Banas. I am a butch kunt from hell. Hide your little girls. ha ha

    January 19, 2015 at 4:54 am |
    • Butchkunt2U,

      I wear black boots and carry a whip! Not for little girls. For this man living with me in my on house.

      January 19, 2015 at 4:56 am |
      • Butchkunt2U,

        *this lazy fat fock living with me in my own home. rather.

        January 19, 2015 at 5:37 am |
      • banasy©

        You can't hold a candle to one of the finest, hardest-working men alive. He laughs at you daily. And there's nothing you can do but take cheap shots in the middle of the night because of your envy.

        January 19, 2015 at 11:01 am |
    • banasy©

      No, your name is Philip Dougkas, posting in the middle of the night like the coward you are.
      Which you also lied to Chrissy about doing, also; do your lies ever stop Philip?

      January 19, 2015 at 10:59 am |
      • banasy©


        January 19, 2015 at 11:01 am |
  5. Butchkunt2U,

    I am Donna Banas. And will beat you down all day long, as long as hubby can endure.

    January 19, 2015 at 4:57 am |
    • banasy©

      Your actually Philip Douglas, posting in the middle of the night, who gets beat down by words daily because you can't debate, so you try to insult by lying about me.

      Pretty transparent.

      Cowardly, lying, hypocrite.

      January 19, 2015 at 11:04 am |
      • banasy©

        In case you forgot that particular lie, here it is;

        And yea i expect you wont comment until the middle of the night. Much easier to not face the music that way huh? SHAME on you philip!!!!

        January 12, 2015 at 10:42 pm | Reply
        I am hardly EVER here in the middle of the night CHRISSY. I'm usually asleep by 10 and awake at 5am. And I ain't afraid of nobody. So I have no idea what makes you think I am. Again, Sheesh.

        You disclaimer, of course will be "I hardly EVER...[...]", but given it was made only a week ago, and here you are again, a pattern seems to be emerging.

        January 19, 2015 at 11:33 am |
      • banasy©

        *You're actually...[...]

        I would so love an edit button.

        January 19, 2015 at 11:38 am |
  6. Butchkunt2U,

    lol. No listers of words. Adam has conked out. lmao

    January 19, 2015 at 5:35 am |
  7. Butchkunt2U,

    3:35am here. There?

    January 19, 2015 at 5:36 am |
  8. Butchkunt2U,

    Gang banger Americans ae getting more aggressive. Thanks for pointing that out, Fairy'd Zakareah.

    January 19, 2015 at 5:41 am |
  9. Fairy'd Ziahreah

    US gangs are out of control. The US military can control them. So. Why NOT unleash our US military on them? Hmmmm? Tell me why not.

    January 19, 2015 at 5:45 am |
    • banasy©

      Because it is not going to happen. I told you that long ago.
      That's another flipping retarded conspiracy theory by nutters who cannot wait to stockpile their guns.

      The origins of this theory:

      January 19, 2015 at 11:35 am |
  10. Fairy'd Ziahreah

    Panetta is currently under 20 year federal gag orders that prevent him from telling you the truth. Why r u listening to him?

    January 19, 2015 at 5:50 am |
  11. Fairy'd Ziahreah

    Stomp out US gang bangers. Why not?

    January 19, 2015 at 5:51 am |
    • banasy©

      Middle of because...oh, I don't know....it's kinda sorta not the function of the US Military? It's kinda sorta the function of the law enforcement agencies? And the military doesn't fall into that category?

      January 19, 2015 at 12:08 pm |
      • banasy©

        *Kinda because...[...]

        My phone has gone rogue.

        January 20, 2015 at 11:09 am |
  12. Fairy'd Ziahreah

    Why not have the Army wipe out gang bangers? Hmmmm? Tell me why not.

    January 19, 2015 at 5:53 am |
  13. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    LIAR AGAIN philip! Do you even KNOW how to tell the truth???

    January 19, 2015 at 11:34 am |
  14. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    My predictinn for you philip....you will be a lonely old man dieing of liver disease and watching old re runs of Barney Miller and you will still HAVE NOT seen a picture of me. Nor of banasy!!! And then you will rot in he!! because you CHOSE to be a non believer! God dont like ugly and YOU are one of the ugliest humans on earth!!!

    January 19, 2015 at 11:54 am |
  15. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    There is a quote you may wanta pay attention to @ philip...The truth shall set you Free! Now might be a good time to tell it!

    January 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm |
  16. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    @ banasy...Dont you find it kind of ironic that he CHOSE the name "Fairy" ??? Lol

    January 19, 2015 at 12:07 pm |
    • banasy©

      Not really, Chrissy; it's quite the norm for him to bastardize names that have absolutely zero in common with the person he's doing that to.

      Pretty typical, actually. We're used to it, aren't we?

      January 19, 2015 at 1:28 pm |
  17. chri§§y ¥ ¥ ¥ ¥

    Lol it was in response to your "takin it in the ass" post. Lmao

    January 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm |
    • banasy©

      What kind of moron thinks that because something is legal, people will automatically indulge in it?

      By that logic, since Colorado legalized pot, he hasn't stopped smoking blunts.

      How silly.

      January 19, 2015 at 3:18 pm |
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    Yes, the United states faces more agressive form of terrorist and if care is not taken might overwhelm our intelligence.
    We all can agree that our security agencies are doing enough though but more needs to be done

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