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Gingersnap
02-09-2011, 03:21 PM
Terror Threat 'Most Heightened' Since 9/11, Napolitano Says
Homeland Security Officials Call Homegrown Radicalism a Game Changer

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By JASON RYAN and DEVIN DWYER
Feb. 9, 2011

The threat of terrorism is at "its most heightened state" since the 9/11 attacks nearly a decade ago, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said today.

"The terrorist threat facing our country has evolved significantly in the last ten years -- and continues to evolve -- so that, in some ways, the threat facing us is at its most heightened state since those attacks," she said before the House Homeland Security Committee.

Her comments were a sobering reminder that the potential of another attack is real and growing, most notably from individuals radicalized inside the United States, despite elaborate security measures implemented by the government since 2001.

"One of the most striking elements of today's threat picture is that plots to attack America increasingly involve American residents and citizens," Napolitano said, referring to so-called homegrown terrorists fueled by the Internet and connections with operatives overseas.

More than two dozen Americans have been arrested on terrorism charges in the past two years, according to government statistics.

Fifty individuals involved in 32 high-profile terrorism plots involving al Qaeda-like ideology in the past decade were U.S. citizens at the time of their arrests, according to a study by the New York State Intelligence Center. Most were natural-born.

"[We] are now operating under the assumption, based on the latest intelligence and recent arrests, that individuals prepared to carry out terrorist attacks and acts of violence might be in the United States, and they could carry out acts of violence with little or no warning," Napolitano said.

Napolitano made the remarks before the House Homeland Security Committee, where she testified with National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter.

ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/janet-napolitano-warns-terror-threat-heightened-sept-11/story?id=12874207)

Rockntractor
02-09-2011, 03:24 PM
When we do have a Muslim caused atrocity they go out of their way to blame it on something else, who are we to believe?

Yukon
02-09-2011, 03:31 PM
Unfortunately terrorists can not be defeated. They do not wear uniforms so you cant tell who they are. It only takes one to be a success. I lived in Northern Ireland for several years in the mid-1970's and know of what speak. Victory over these people is not possible. There is but one way to deal with them but no politician has the intestinal fortitude to act.

megimoo
02-09-2011, 04:00 PM
ABC News (http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/janet-napolitano-warns-terror-threat-heightened-sept-11/story?id=12874207)When the background chatter on certain cell phones and web sites they monitor picks up it them very nervous !

lacarnut
02-09-2011, 04:02 PM
Unfortunately terrorists can not be defeated. There is but one way to deal with them but no politician has the intestinal fortitude to act.

What is that one way?

I assume Napo-head has changed her tune about returning servicemen being a terror threat. She is so far over her head. Same with the Magic Negro.