Brokaw: "Islamic Rage Didn't Go Away; In Some Ways It's More Dangerous"


BROKAW: I don't think any of us are any more insulated from this kind of violence because it's on television 24/7. My wife and I were getting ready for dinner Friday night when they finally began to find him and capture him, and I said to her, this is a reality show we're going to be living with for a long time. We went through recently under different circumstances in Newtown with the mass shooting of the youngsters there. I remember so vividly Oklahoma City and how that bound us together.

There are a couple of things to remember, David, I think for all of us. With the death of Osama Bin Laden, Islamic rage did not go away. In fact, in some ways it's more dangerous. This is a perfect example. You can't get intel on the lone operator. There’s a lot we still need to know about what motivated him, obviously. He’s a Chechen, but their beef is with Russia not with us. But, he’s also a Muslim. And the fact is that Islamic rage is still out there. We saw it in Times Square. We were very, very fortunate under those circumstances. So there has to be more vigilance, obviously.

But what Boston also told us, we have added 30 million surveillance cameras to this country. We have more than doubled our private security budget in this country to now almost $50 billion. The saying is, if you see something, say something. But the other part of that, of course, if you do something, someone will see you doing something. And that's at once a relief, but it also makes me a little uncomfortable. There is no privacy left in our so society. (Meet the Press, April 21, 2013)

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