Speaking at the United Nations' Security Council meeting on "Threats to International Peace and Security" on September 27 in New York, Secretary Clinton described progress on counterterrorism and talked about the need to address the political, economic, and social conditions that foster terrorist recruitment.
The Secretary said, "I want to speak briefly about the progress made with one critical counterterrorism tool, the 1267 al-Qaida Taliban Sanctions List. This list must evolve as the threat posed by these groups evolves, so we are pleased that the 1267 Committee actively updates the list. So far this year, 45 names have been removed and 17 have been added. And we commend the committee for creating an ombudsperson -- that's maybe a new word, but it's ombudsperson -- to receive petitions from individuals and entities that want to be de-listed. We applaud the inclusion of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula and its leaders on the list, and we encourage member-states to provide regular updates to the committee to ensure that the list remains accurate.
"...Counterterrorism demands a comprehensive approach, as reflected in the presidential statement that will be adopted at the conclusion of today's meeting. Therefore, we need intelligence operations capable of discovering terror plots, military and law enforcement officers trained and ready to stop them, border patrol officials who can spot potential dangers, justice systems that can fairly and effectively prosecute criminals, corrections systems that can then detain those who have been arrested and/or convicted. So we have to do more to develop these institutions and capacities and help each other by mobilizing expertise and resources.
"But at the same time, beyond these measures we have to realize that countering terrorism means more than stopping terrorists. It means stopping people from becoming terrorists in the first place. And that requires addressing the political, economic, and social conditions that make people vulnerable to exploitation by extremists. For people whose lives are characterized by frustration or desperation, for people who believe that their governments are unresponsive or repressive, al-Qaida and other groups may offer an appealing view. But it is a view rooted in destruction, and we have to provide an alternative view that is rooted in hope, opportunity, and possibility.
"So that means enacting policies that do create new opportunities for people to build a better future for themselves, strengthening our commitment to core values, particularly human rights and the rule of law. We cannot sacrifice those values in our zeal to stop terrorists. Our values are what makes us different from those who are trying to tear down so much of the progress that has been made over the course of history, and I have to add, especially for women and girls."
You can read the full transcript of her remarks here.