Sekretær for Department for Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, sier at uten samarbeid fra lokale muslimske representanter vil ikke myndighetene kunne takle muslimsk ekstremisme.
Det er de som har kunnskapen og muligheten for å si fra. Hvis de ikke gjør det er myndighetene maktesløse, sa Johnson.
Man forsto på måten Johnson ordla seg på at representantene ikke oppfyller sin del. De bidrar ikke til å tipse om farlige individer og miljøer.
Hvis myndighetene er involvert er budskapet forgiftet allerede fra fødselen av, sier nestleder for etterretning og kontraterror ved NYPD, John Miller.
But when asked whether local communities are doing enough, Johnson said some agencies are “still a work in progress” and stressed the importance of engagement from within the Islamic community.
“It has to come from within the community,” he said. «It has to come from Islamic leaders, who frankly can talk the language better than the federal government can and so when I meet with community leaders, Islamic leaders, that’s one of the things that we urge them to do.»
NYPD Deputy Director of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller echoed the secretary’s message that the community should be more involved in countering extremist messages.
“This can’t be a government effort, if a government effort that’s countering a call for violence that’s clothed in religion is coming from the government it’s already poisoned,” Miller said on “This Week.” “This needs to come from those credible voices in the community.”
Miller said he and Johnson met with Muslim community leaders in New York last week. Some members of those communities said the federal government has not done enough to stop surveillance and investigations that target Muslims. Miller said he understood their concerns but still hopes community leaders will be more engaged in the counter-message.