06.14.16

Intel Chairman Burr: Islamic State Has Created A Global Battlefield

WASHINGTON – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered remarks with his Senate colleagues to the media on the developing investigation into the terror attack in Orlando.

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“America is an open society. We value our freedom and diversity,” said Sen. Burr.  “ISIL has leveraged those freedoms to their advantage to attract misguided individuals who carry out acts of hate”

A full transcript of Sen. Burr’s remarks is available below. Video of the event is on Senator Burr’s YouTube page. It was also broadcast live on Facebook.

I hope that all Americans will allow the FBI to continue this investigation no matter how long it takes because the important thing is for us to identify the facts in this.

America is an open society. We value our freedom and diversity.

ISIL has leveraged those freedoms to their advantage to attract misguided individuals who carry out acts of hate.

ISIL has created a global battlefield. Many of you have asked is this inspired, is it enabled or is it directed? There is no differential [difference] today.

A global battlefield is what ISIL has been able to create through the use of social media. And now individuals around the world, not just here, are targets of that solicitation.

Here is one reality, one fact: you cannot negotiate with people who want to kill you.

The challenge for us and this administration is that we must adopt a strategy now. A strategy that eliminates the safe haven that ISIL has, their ability to plan external plots against the United States, against Europe and against the rest of the world.

My hope is that we will glean enough information out of the Orlando attack to guide the policy makers to make the right decisions.