Terror attacks are being stopped ““all of the time” unbeknownst to the public, according to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.
He made the remarks to Fox News on Friday, ahead of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“We have prevented a number of actors from carrying out their intent at the very latest stages of their plotting and planning,” he told Fox News.
He also said that terrorist attacks were less likely to be carefully orchestrated but simply carried out by individuals who have been radicalized.
“9-11 was the prime example of a terrorist-directed attack,” he said. “We now live with the prospect of terrorist-inspired attacks in which ISIL, al Qaeda try to literally reach into our homeland through the internet, through social media.”
French Prime Minister Manuel Valls also made similar statements, saying France’s security services were stopping terrorist attacks every day.
“Every day intelligence services, police, foil attacks, dismantle networks, track terrorists,” he told the media. “There are about 15,000 people in France who are monitored, because these people are in the process of radicalization.”
He also warned that France could not stop every attempted attack. “There will be new attacks. There will be innocent victims,” he said.