Terror Threat ’Most Heightened’ Since 9/11, Napolitano Says
2011 02 10
By Jason Ryan and Devin Dwyer | ABCNews.go.com
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.
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"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.
"This shift is a game changer," Republican committee chairman Rep. Peter King of New York said. "We must confront this threat."
FBI and Justice Department officials have reported a spike in the number of terrorism-related investigations and prosecutions involving U.S. residents since 2009.
Many of the suspects -- including Najibullah Zazi, who plotted New York City subway bombings in September 2009, and Faisal Shahzad, the convicted would-be Time Square bomber -- lived and worked for years inside the United States before preparing their attacks.
David Headley of Chicago was convicted of a role in the November 2008 Mumbai attacks that killed more than 170 people, and Colleen LaRose, more commonly known as "Jihad Jane," was implicated in a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist for drawing the head of the Prophet Muhammad on the body of a dog in 2007.
Leiter said the evolution of domestic radicalism has been aided by propaganda developed by extremists and pushed on the Internet.
"This narrative -- a blend of al Qaeda inspiration, perceived victimization and glorification of past homegrown plotting -- addresses the unique concerns of like-minded, U.S.-based individuals," he said.
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Ed Note: Invoking 9/11 again and pushing new ’threats’. It appears that the powers-that-be are scrambling in a ’damage control’ effort. Perhaps they didn’t imagine that they’d have trouble renewing the Patriot Act.
House GOP fumbles on Patriot Act renewal
The Republican-led House failed to pass an extension of expiring sections of the Patriot Act on Tuesday, an unexpected setback for GOP leaders that shows the difficulty they face in controlling their majority and its "tea party"-inspired members.
Time is short: Key provisions of the terrorist surveillance law expire at the end of the month. A coalition of veteran conservative Republicans and new GOP lawmakers joined many Democrats in blocking passage of the measure, which many tea party activists see as federal government overreaching into private affairs.
The bill required a two-thirds vote to pass but fell seven votes short. Now, the White House and congressional leaders must devise a new strategy, and fast, or the provisions will lapse Feb. 28. The administration wants to extend the Sept. 11-era provisions through 2013. The House bill would have extended them until Dec. 8.
"I am disappointed in the outcome of tonight’s vote," said Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), author of the original act. "We are now under a time crunch."
Patriot Act Fails
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Janet Napolitano Post-9/11 Terrorism 2.0 At Council On Foreign Relations (July 2009 Video)
Urgent: Congress Will Vote to Renew the Patriot Act Tuesday Feb. 8th
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