Transcript: Top Security Officials Talk With Diane Sawyer About the Nation's Safety


JOHN BRENNAN: We will be-- at our at our posts-- wherever that's going to be. But there's going to be constant vigilance on this. We recognize that-- our responsibility as-- as government officials is to make sure the American public can travel safely during the holiday season, so they can spend the holidays with their families. This is something that the communities that are engaged in this effort are determined to make sure that they're able to succeed in. And-- so, we have a passion about this work. And-- we're going to do our best to ensure that the terrorists do not succeed. And that's why correction systems have been ramped up, homeland security efforts and measures have been ramped up. We're constantly on our guard. And that's what the President expects, and that's what the President's going to get.

DIANE SAWYER: As we head into the anniversary of 9/11-- what's the most urgent thing on your list to get done that has not been done in the ten years?

JOHN BRENNAN: There are still a lot of work to be done overseas, as far as working with some of the partners. Some of the countries overseas whether--

DIANE SAWYER: On cargo, for instance?

JOHN BRENNAN: Well, yes, in terms of some security measures that are in place. But, you know, terrorists hide in certain places. They're operating and training in certain areas. And we need to continue to work with our foreign counterparts to make sure that they're doing their best to root these individuals out so they cannot launch attacks from overseas to the homeland here. So, this is something, in terms of building the capacity, building the capabilities, building the intelligence systems. It's a constant process that we're engaged in. So, there's still a lot of work to be done overseas. But-- you know, this is a learning-- effort, on the part of a lot of individuals. But we have to continue to adapt, continue to be flexible, and to continue anticipating what the terrorists are thinking themselves.

DIANE SAWYER: And so, that Americans are oriented to the real danger. Here's a- it's not an either or necessarily, As America-- as you look at these two photos, Anwar, al-Awlaki, Osama bin Laden, who's the most dangerous?

JANET NAPOLITANO: I don't think you need to pick. I think they're both-- dangerous. And they-- both-- the center of a continuing effort to-- commit terrorist acts, and kill innocent people.

DIANE SAWYER: But you gave a-- comprehensive speech on Yemen, and on the dangers in Yemen. And the Vice President himself was saying later that he believes that-- that the bin Laden's organization ability to launch a global attack as the kind they did on 9/11 has been degraded, fundamentally degraded. But you have to look at the Arabian peninsula now, and you have to look at the small (UNINTEL) attack. Is that what you see too?

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