Bratton: It’s Going To Take ‘Years, And Years’ To Defeat Terrorism, If Ever

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Before the 9/11 memorial ceremony kicked off in NYC, CBS2’s Lou Young spoke with NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller on how terrorism and counterterrorism efforts have changed and evolved in years since the 9/11 attacks.

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“The world changed on 9/11,” NYPD Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said. “Terrorism became a constant concern — something we have to be aware of. Going forward, let’s face it — to defeat terrorism, it’s going to take years and years — if ever.”

Bratton also released a statement Sunday to the members of the NYPD, acknowledging the sacrifices officers made on that tragic day:

“Time heals all wounds, they say, and it may be true—but it doesn’t feel that way today. For many Americans, the events of 9/11 grow more distant each year. But not for us. Never for us. We cannot forget, and we will not forget—partly because of the plaques in too many precincts and the names on too many streets, partly because cops who served and suffered and survived that day still wear the uniform, and not least because officers among us are still dying.

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It’s good that we don’t forget, because what they did is worth remembering. It’s worth reminding ourselves that their bravery is in us, as well. And it’s worth refocusing our efforts on the war in which they were among the first casualties, a war that has changed shape but nevertheless continues. Here in New York City, the target that day and still the richest target fifteen years later, the men and women of the NYPD stand ready to keep people safe. It’s what we do.”

Click on the video above to watch the full interview. 

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