Homeland Security chief urges US to avoid casting suspicion over Muslims in wake of shootings

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson was meeting with Muslims in northern Virginia. The meeting occurs as the U.S. government says it needs to take a new approach to counterterrorism and homeland security that includes outreach to Muslim communities.

Johnson was participating in a round table discussion Monday on civil rights and liberties at the All Dulles Area Muslim Society Center in Sterling, Virginia.

The discussion comes on the heels of President Obama's address to the nation Sunday about a married couple's shooting attack in San Bernardino, which the FBI is investigating as an act of terrorism. Obama also vowed to destroy the Islamic State group.

The Department of Homeland Security has spear-headed the White House's efforts to counter violent extremism.