As terrorist leaders search for new recruits all over the world, we must add to our network, identify new partners and strengthen existing relationships, particularly in the Muslim community. Because a clear expression of opposition to acts of terrorism from Muslim leaders is an essential part of our efforts to win, and end, this war.
The U.S. government and its citizens must be good, trustworthy neighbors to Muslim communities. Building strong relationships can take years, and we are really just beginning. This step will make identifying and investigating radical elements faster and more efficient for law enforcement. Ultimately, it will help disrupt terrorist plots.