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Americans turning to terrorism is as big a concern as international terrorrism, agree?

– Americans who turn to terrorism and plot against the U.S. are now as big a concern as international terrorists, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday.

The government is just starting to confront this reality and does not have a good handle on how to prevent someone from becoming a violent extremist, she said.

In the last year, Napolitano said, she's witnessed a movement from international extremism to domestic extremism — cases in which Americans radicalized and decided to plot attacks against the country.

"What really is it that draws a young person being raised in the United States to want to go and be at a camp in Yemen and then come back to the United States with the idea of committing harm within the United States?" Napolitano asked without citing specific cases. "Where in that person's formulation is there an opportunity to break that cycle?"

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 8:53 PM on Feb. 21, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I think domestic terrorists are a HUGGGEEE concern...for the #1 reason that they are already here! Its much more difficult for a foreign terrorist to get into the US and comitt their attack...but if the terrorist is already living in the US, the biggest obstacle is already overcome.
    Ash9724

    Answer by Ash9724 at 8:56 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • People who want to label every nutjob that comes along as a terrorist and sensationalize them instead of reserving the term "terrorist" for truly heinous acts are the problem. It's like tabloids that turn every murder suicide into the next Hitler.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 8:57 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 8:58 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • Americans who turn to terrorism and plot against the U.S. are now as big a concern as international terrorists, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Sunday.
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    I agree and it should be. But... I am worried about how they will decide to handle this. As we have seen with the undie bomber... her thought on how well the system works is a bit on the fantasy side. It is flawed and they need to 1 acknowledge that, 2 Learn from it, and 3 Fix it.
    Crissy1213

    Answer by Crissy1213 at 8:59 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • People who want to label every nutjob that comes along as a terrorist and sensationalize them instead of reserving the term "terrorist" for truly heinous acts are the problem. Folks were pretty keen on labeling Nidal Hassan and NOT Joseph Stack...I bet if his name were Joseph muhammad stack....


    It's like tabloids that turn every murder suicide into the next Hitler. or try and turn our current President inot him....


     

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:00 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • One case is that of Najibullah Zazi, the Denver airport driver who has been charged with plotting to use explosives to attack the U.S.

    Born in Afghanistan, Zazi had lived in the U.S. since he was 14 years old. In recent years, prosecutors say, he traveled overseas to receive training from al-Qaida.
    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 9:00 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • Folks were pretty keen on labeling Nidal Hassan and NOT Joseph Stack...I bet if his name were Joseph muhammad stack....

    Neither men were - they were both nutjobs, but they were hardly working on behalf of an organized system intent on spreading dischord. At best, Hasan had illusions of grandeur and actually thought he was a terrorist, kind of like Stack had illusions that he'd be taken seriously.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:22 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • Progressive thinking is our problem.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:26 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • This is news? Didn't they declare all of us conservatives to be terrorists back last year? I think we have a problem with Americans and Islam. though The guy mad at the IRS doesn't count as a terrorist imo. He doesn't fit the laws definition of one...you would think Janet would know that though.
    yourspecialkid

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:26 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

  • I am more worried about our president being a terrorist than the average citizen......
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:07 PM on Feb. 21, 2010

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