CIA chief wants to strengthen refugee screening

CIA Director John Brennan insisted that the U.S. should maintain its longstanding policy of welcoming refugees from around the globe, but said he is evaluating how to strengthen the existing system.

Speaking at a State Department event Wednesday morning, Brennan addressed the importance of both accepting refugees from Syria and maintaining security safeguards to keep terrorists from exploiting the resettlement program.

Brennan also spoke about the importance of striking a balance between civil liberties and national security in the digital domain in order for the government to protect its citizens. “I don’t think we’re there yet,” he said.