All of these protections are important -- not only to ensure that these powerful national security tools are used properly, but also that the American people perceive them to be used properly. Our system of government depends on the consent of the governed -- the informed consent of the governed. The moment people believe we are not acting for their benefit, we imperil our authority to act at all. And the world today is simply too dangerous for us to lose the authority to act.
As we move forward, we will also learn from what has been successful. We've deployed resources at the national level, internationally and in communities across America, through programs like our Joint Terrorism Task Forces, or JTTFs, of which we now have more than 100. In JTTFs, federal, state and local officials work alongside one another, as one team, sharing data and working together on analysis -- because it's easier to connect the dots when all of the dots are visible to everyone with an interest in connecting them. I know many of you are involved in the local JTTF here in Portland , and I know you can attest to the value of that partnership.
I'm proud of our teamwork and mutual respect on this and other joint operations; I hope everyone in this room today who works in law enforcement is as well. These kinds of partnerships are perhaps the best example of how the walls that previously divided us are simply gone; how law enforcement and intelligence work together to protect the Nation.
The terrorists who are out there have a long attention span. Their hatred for us has no expiration date.
And so we cannot stop in our efforts to fight them. We cannot turn aside and hope that someone else will take up the battle for us. It is up to each of us, in every community, together, to press on. I know we can succeed because I also hear the success stories every morning. I hear about what we are able to find out and to do, and what we have done. And I am committed to doing everything that I can do to make sure those success stories keep coming.
I thank you all for being here; I thank you for your hard work; and I thank you for your time.
SOURCE U.S. Department of Justice