Sheriff David Clarke appeared on Fox News to talk about the Islamic terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where Mohammod Abdulazeez murdered four Marines and one sailor, and injured others.
“First of all, I want to salute those [servicemen] who gave their lives in service to this country. I want to salute all of our armed service personnel. That they would take casualties on the homeland I find unfathomable, but in part it’s because the commander in chief is either unwilling or unable to protect the homeland. And as sheriff of Milwaukee County — and I’m going to include all local law enforcement — we know we’re on the front lines in these attacks on the homeland. We have been ever since 9/11.”
The sheriff said that the intelligence we get on domestic Islamic terrorists “is not every actionable, it’s not very good.” We need a domestic intelligence agency, he said, similar to the United Kingdom’s MI5. Our FBI is doing what it can, but it’s a “downstream organization,” coming in after an attack has already happened. We need a national strategy.
Sheriff Clarke accused President Barack Obama of weakening law enforcement’s morale instead of building it up.
“I find it ironic that on the day of this attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, [President Obama] was visiting a federal prison, lifting the spirits of federal prisoners…I’m going to enlist in my community…the assistance of the law-abiding armed American citizen.” Police officers can’t predict everyone and every place, the sheriff said, that’s why he’s calling on gun-owning civilians in this attack on the homeland.