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I have spoken to the CEO of United, Jeff Smisek, myself. It appears from what we know at this stage that the malfunctions at United and the stock exchange were not the result of any nefarious actor, we know less about the Wall Street Journal at this point, except that their system is in fact up again.
He is often impatient with our sluggish government bureaucracy, can at times be very hands-on in resolving issues and problems that are brought to his personal attention, and is always mindful that we are public servants, ali works hard to do the right thing, and never acts, in my observation, for reasons of personal advancement or aggrandizement.
We have no specific, credible intelligence of an attack of the kind in Paris last week being planned by terrorist organizations in this country, but, the reasons for these measures should be self-evident to the public : the recent attacks in Paris, Ottawa, Sydney, and elsewhere, along with the recent public calls by terrorist organizations for attacks on Western objectives, including aircraft, military personnel, and government installations and civilian personnel.
That is, in my judgment, a very bad idea for Homeland Security because during that period ..., we cannot engage in new starts, for example, we are back in a presidential election cycle. I cannot hire new Secret Service agents until I get an appropriations bill passed by this Congress -- not another (continuing resolution) for a couple of months.