'This Week' Transcript: David Plouffe and Lindsey Graham


But it's an issue that can pop up, you know, quickly, without any advanced notice, because these individuals play their cards very closely. They don't show their hand. Just a few blocks from where you're sitting, we had a white supremacist walk into the Holocaust Museum in 2009, shoot and kill one of the security guards. He himself was shot, but clearly he had mayhem in mind.


KELLY: So it is a ongoing issue that law enforcement has to continue to focus on, and I believe we are.

AMANPOUR: So can you characterize -- you've talked about threats. You mentioned one. Can you characterize some of the threats that you're hearing about, the nature of them?

KELLY: Well, there are individuals who get together and sort of follow a neo-Nazi philosophy, not unlike Anders Breivik in Norway. But they are -- they are difficult to spot. And to a certain extent, they tend to get together in rural areas. They stay away from large city centers. But in New York, we have to be concerned about something planning -- someone planning or plotting an event away from the city and it coming into New York. So we're on a lookout for this sort of thing, but it's difficult to identify.

AMANPOUR: Is it politically difficult, as well? There's obviously an infamous case of a special report on this issue, written by an analyst at the Department of Homeland Security, and because of an outcry, once it was about to be released, it was quashed. Is there a problem with trying to focus enough attention on this threat, given the sensitivities about the threat since 9/11, for instance, the Islamic threat?

KELLY: You know, I guess there are always some First Amendment issues that you have to be aware of, but I know we don't have a problem in focusing on it in New York City. We follow certain individual on the Internet. They put out their feelings quite clearly. A lot of them are careful about not advocating violence.

For instance, the individual in Norway, although he had a lot of Internet activity, did not advocate violence. He put his manifesto on the Internet six hours before he started the attacks. But so they're -- they're somewhat careful about, you know, advocating violence.

AMANPOUR: And just as we -- as we wrap up, I wanted to ask you, on this rapidly approaching 10th anniversary of 9/11, is New York, is America safer? Or are there real issues that you're still having to deal with?

KELLY: Oh, there are certainly real issues that we have to deal with. We think the elimination of Osama bin Laden was an important milestone, but not a game-changer. We're still very much at risk. We're concerned, as we get closer to the 9/11/11 memorial, because we know Osama bin Laden spoke about that date twice in the last two-year period.

So the federal government, local and state authorities, I think are very much aware of the threat and are on alert.

AMANPOUR: Commissioner Kelly, thank you very much indeed for joining us from New York.

KELLY: Thank you, Christiane.

AMANPOUR: And we want to bring you up to date on some other headlines from around the world.

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