As Chertoff told me, “the name of the game here is trying to figure out, with all the billions of pieces of data that float around the world, what data do you need to focus on? What is the stuff you need to worry about?
“If you don’t use all the tools of gathering these kinds of leads, then you’re leaving very valuable tools on the table.” And, if and when another 9/11 occurs, the first question that will be asked is: Why?
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.