Fiorina supports removing certain online barriers used by terrorists to recruit operatives and organize attacks, and calls on private sector companies to cooperate with preventative FBI investigations.
MARTA MACCALLUM (moderator): “Carly Fiorina, the FBI Director Comey says terrorists can thrive here at home because they go dark and they recruit behind the cyber walls that are built by American companies like Google and Apple. Comey says this is a big problem. Rand Paul says that the government forcing these companies to bring down those walls would be a big privacy issue and a dangerous way to go on this. You've been a tech leader in this country. Which side are you on?”
CARLY FIORINA: “Well, let me say first that it is disturbing that every time one of these homegrown terrorist attacks occurs – and as your question points out, they are occurring with far too great frequency – it turns out we had warning signals. It turns out we knew something was wrong. It turns out some dot wasn't connected. And so the first thing we have to do is make sure that everyone and every responsible agency is attuned to all of these possibilities and symptoms. We even had warnings about the Boston marathon bombers, and yet the dots weren't connected. So we need to get on a different mindset.
Secondly, I certainly support that we need to tear down cyber walls, not on a mass basis, but on a targeted basis. But let me just say that we also need to tear down the cyber walls that China is erecting, that Russia is erecting. We need to be very well aware of the fact that China and Russia are using technology to attack us just as ISIS is using technology to recruit those who would murder American citizens. I do not believe that we need to wholesale destroy every American citizen's privacy in order to go after those that we know are suspect or are already a problem. But yes, there is more collaboration required between private sector companies and the public sector. And specifically, we know that we could have detected and repelled some of these cyber attacks if that collaboration had been permitted. A law has been sitting – languishing, sadly – on Capitol Hill and has not yet been passed, and it would help.”
MACCALLUM : “So would you tonight call for Google and Apple to cooperate in these investigations and let the FBI in where they need to go?”
FIORINA: “I absolutely would call on them to collaborate and cooperate, yes.”