Sanders: Silicon Valley crucial to defeating ISIS
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Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersBannon says an O'Rourke-Harris ticket poses the greatest threat to Trump in 2020 Trump has lost support from male voters since shutdown, analysis shows Watchdog group calls on 2020 candidates to release 10 years of tax returns MORE (I-Vt.) says Silicon Valley’s help is crucial to defeating the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

“I think domestically we have got to do everything that we can technologically to make sure that we do not allow sleeper cells to develop, or we allow communication that takes place within ISIS groups,” the Democratic 2016 contender said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”


“Here in this country, [that means] working with the high-tech companies to do everything that we can to shut off the communication capabilities of ISIS and sleeper groups,” Sanders added.

“These guys understand the issue and have more influence and more understanding of what is going on that any other sector in the world. They have got to play a vigorous role.”

Sanders also cautioned against restricting the Internet too tightly in the fight against terrorism.

“We cannot as a nation go around saying we are a free society and yet undermine the Constitution of the United States of America,” he said.

“No one is arguing that should not be vigorous, but some of us believe that we do have a constitution and that freedom in this country is extremely important.”

Sanders also said that only broad international cooperation could eliminate ISIS once and for all.

“The major focus bringing countries together — Muslim countries, Western countries, Russia — must be to destroy ISIS,” he said. "That must be the focus of our efforts."

“If we are serious about destroying ISIS and winning this thing in a way that does not get us in perpetual warfare, there must also be a coalition involving the Islamic nations,” Sanders added.

“King Abdullah of Jordan is absolutely right. This is a struggle for the soul of Islam, and the Muslim nations themselves have got to be on the ground in a coordinate way destroying ISIS.”

National security is a hot topic on the 2016 campaign trail following the terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, Calif.

GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump said late Tuesday that he supports “closing the Internet” to potential extremists.

“I would certainly be open to closing areas where we are at war with somebody,” he said during the fifth GOP presidential debate in Las Vegas. "I sure as hell don’t want to let people who want to kill us and kill our nation use our Internet.”

Former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina at the debate called the federal government “woefully behind” on using technology for counterterrorism.