Appearing on Fox Business Network’s “Varney & Co” on Friday, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said that anyone who believes the San Bernardino terror attack is a gun control issue is “not dealing with reality.” He suggested we ramp up intelligence instead:
CLARKE: “Anybody that thinks that this is a gun control issue is disconnected from that same reality. It’s fantasy to think it’s anything other than this. Look, these are red flags that we’re missing on open sources.
The reason we’re missing it is because we don’t have the proper domestic intelligence apparatus here in the United States to deal with this stuff, to go to open sources and other areas–and you find these little tidbits of information, that, in and of itself, may not be a huge deal, may not be a crime.
But if you have a true analyst that can piece this together before the act happens, before boom–as the MI-5 likes to say–a picture developed, and that’s when you move in.”
When host Stuart Varney asked Clarke what he would do differently, Clarke responded:
“I’d start with a true domestic intelligence set up similar to MI-5 or Mossad here in Israel…because intelligence is going to be your best chance at disrupting, detecting, and preventing these things. That’s what I’d do first.
Look, Stuart, we just don’t have quality intelligence right now. We’re fooling ourselves…The FBI is not the proper agency. They’re an investigative agency; they are not an intelligence agency. They look for evidence of a crime after the attack occurs.”
As Democrats in Congress are proposing stricter gun control laws in the wake of the San Bernardino terror attack, Clarke believes the focus should be on preventing attacks from an intelligence standpoint.