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Washington—Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today gave television interviews regarding the terror attacks in Paris and U.S. strategy against ISIL.

Senator Feinstein on CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper: “I think the three big events … whether it’s Beirut, whether it’s the Russian passenger liner, whether it’s Paris, indicates a scope and a depth to the ability of ISIS to operate. I think far more important is how do we get the free, democratic, Western world together to be able to work together to provide some element of safety to people and also to defeat what is the worst scourge I have seen in my political lifetime.”

Senator Feinstein on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports: “ISIL is not contained. ISIL is expanding. They’ve just put out a video saying it is their intent to attack this country. I think we have to be prepared. I think hopefully France will go for a Chapter 5, which will bring NATO into it. Hopefully, we will work with our allies to put together the kind of coalitions and attack plans in more than one place at a given time. There’s only one way we are going to diminish them and that is by taking them out, because they are growing. They are in more than a dozen countries now. They are sophisticated. They have apps to communicate on that cannot be pierced even with a court order. So they have a kind of secret way of being able to conduct operations and operational planning. So we should take this very, very seriously.”

Senator Feinstein on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports: “Candidly, I don’t think bombing runs alone—we have done about 8,000 now—can really make a difference. So we’re going to have to look at some new themes, and I think we will have to listen very carefully to our military people and ask for the kind of precise military strategy and tactics that might be able to really contain ISIL and defeat it.”