WASHINGTON — The latest on what presidential candidates are saying about ways to counter the terrorism threat in the United States. All times are local:
Ben Carson says he backs broad intelligence-monitoring any place where there’s “a lot of radicalization going on.”
Just where? Churches, mosques, schools, shopping centers are some of the examples the Republican presidential candidate is citing.
He tells ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that the country needs “to get very serious about our intelligence” to ensure Americans’ safety.
Donald Trump says he wants a database, watch lists and unspecified other “checks and balances” to track Muslims in the U.S.
On ABC’s “This Week,” Trump was asked whether he rules out a database on all Muslims in the U.S.
Trump says: “No, not at all. I definitely want a database and other checks and balances. We want to go with watch lists. We want to go with databases.”
His comments were something of a change from what the GOP front-runner has said in recent days.
On Thursday, an NBC News reporter pressed Trump in Iowa on whether there should be a database for tracking Muslims in the U.S. Trump replied: “There should be a lot of systems, beyond databases.”
Would he put such a database in place as president?
“I would certainly implement that. Absolutely.”
He tried in another interview to clarify that position, suggesting a watch list for the Syrian refugees admitted to the U.S.
Donald Trump says “trouble’s coming out of the mosques” in the United States and “we’re being foolish, we’re kidding ourselves” if law enforcement doesn’t keep close surveillance on those houses of worship.
The Republican presidential candidate says such monitoring is needed as part of a terrorism-fighting strategy – even if there’s strong push-back to that idea. He says “we’ve taken political correctness to a point where we can’t do anything as a country anymore.”
He tells “Fox and Friends” why he thinks it’s imperative to conduct such surveillance in the country: “The problem’s not coming out of the middle of Sweden. It’s not coming out of Norway. It’s not coming out of Denmark.”