DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke Discusses Public Event Security with Venue Managers

Release Date: August 7, 2017 For Immediate Release Office of the Press Secretary Contact: 202-282-8010 NASHVILLE, TENN.— Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Elaine Duke today delivered remarks at the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) VenueConnect 2017 conference in Nashville, Tennessee. Acting Secretary Duke reaffirmed the Department of Homeland Security’s commitment to partnering with private sector venues to ensure the safety of the American public. Excerpts of Acting Secretary Duke’s remarks as prepared are below. “The places where we gather—our stadiums and concert halls, our fairgrounds and convention centers—are living symbols of our free society.  Freedom of expression.  Freedom of assembly.  And freedom to cheer for whichever team we choose.    “But recently, the world has watched in horror as these symbols of free society have come under attack… “As ISIS loses ground in Syria, terrorists affiliated with—or inspired by—the group are bringing the...

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