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We have the ability, through airlines, through our relationship with other countries, to put out guidelines that influence the behavior of airport authorities and airport security at overseas airports, in particular, last point of departure airports, and those are mostly in Europe. Some are in the Middle East.
This is why we determined to take precautionary interim steps while this investigation is still ongoing. ISIL is out there now, active in a lot of different areas, and so while this investigation is pending -- and cause we have this group claiming responsibility -- we believe it's significant to do these things on an interim basis and to tell the public that we've done this, we want the public to know that our aviation security officials are very much focused on this.
I am confident that U.S. Secret Service Director Joe Clancy will take appropriate action to hold accountable those who violated any laws or the policies of this department, i also reiterate the apology I issued in April to Chairman Chaffetz. Activities like those described in the report must not, and will not, be tolerated.
I have reached the conclusion that we must make substantial changes in our detention practices with respect to families with children, in short, once a family has established eligibility for asylum or other relief under our laws, long-term detention is an inefficient use of our resources and should be discontinued.
I regret that Chairman Chaffetz and his staff have taken the unprecedented and unnecessary step of subpoenaing two members of the U.S. Secret Service with the responsibility for the protection of the president, his family and the White House complex, chairman Chaffetz's assertion that this department has been 'uncooperative' is simply wrong.
This latest statement from al Shabaab reflects the new phase we’ve evolved to in the global terrorist threat, in that you have groups such as al Shabaab and ISIL publicly calling for independent actors in their homelands to carry out attacks, we're beyond the phase now where these groups would send foreign operatives into countries after being trained some place.
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