U.S. Has ‘No Strategy’ to Confront Homegrown Terror

Unveiling a new report a day before the nation marks nine years since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, members of the National Security Preparedness Group said Al Qaeda and other terror groups are increasingly turning to U.S. citizens to carry out attacks on the United States. They cited examples where recruiters went after Somali populations and other groups living in the United States, saying that while the U.S. at one time may have thought its cultural “melting pot” would provide a “firewall” against radicalization from within, that assumption turned out to be false. 

The group, headed by former 9-11 commission leaders Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, laid out a detailed description of domestic terror incidents such as the Fort Hood shooting spree last year in which 13 people died; the attempt to crash an airliner in December as it was landing at Detroit, Michigan; and last May’s botched vehicle bombing in New York City’s Times Square. 

“The threat is real, coordinated. It’s something Al Qaeda wants to do now,” he said. “They’re moving to these smaller attacks. … Everything becomes more possible if you have an American passport.” 

He said the United States needs to respond better to this evolving threat. 

“We’ve got to attack it with the same energy and concerns and verve that we have … in the past,” Kean said. 

The group, headed by former 9-11 commission leaders Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton, laid out a detailed description of domestic terror incidents such as the Fort Hood shooting spree last year in which 13 people died; the attempt to crash an airliner in December as it was landing at Detroit, Michigan; and last May’s botched vehicle bombing in New York City’s Times Square. Kean told Fox News that Al Qaeda is serious about recruiting U.S. citizens and “non-traditional terrorists” to carry out its attacks. 

Kean said that Al Qaeda is serious about recruiting U.S. citizens and “non-traditional terrorists” to carry out its attacks. 

“The threat is real, coordinated. It’s something Al Qaeda wants to do now,” he said. “They’re moving to these smaller attacks. … Everything becomes more possible if you have an American passport.” 

He said the United States needs to respond better to this evolving threat. 

“We’ve got to attack it with the same energy and concerns and verve that we have … in the past,” Kean said.

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  1. syrin
    Sep 11, 2010 @ 19:08:29

    Greetings everyone to my new blog home.
    We all were affected by the attack we suffered and I might add, we have survived. Each of us have our memory of the event, where we were, who we were with and what our immediate and remaining thought about that moment in time has been. My memory is that I was getting up with the kids for school. Around 6am my sister calls and says “Turn on the tv! “I ask what channel”. My sister replies,”It doesn’t matter!”.. And, it didn’t. My son came up to get breakfast and he heard me crying. As he started towards me and sat next to me, we both watched the second plane hit the tower. It was horrifying for adult and child.
    I also remember talking to my mom. The first thoughts on that day were if ‘we’ America and American people had it in us for this kind of WAR? Religious, deep-rooted historically and spiritual.
    Then we started hearing about profiling and all the issues associated with that. You know, some things are too obvious. We were not looking for an 82 year old grayhaired granny. No, it was a male, arab and muslim. I happened to believe that it might be true that NOT all Muslims are terrorists, but more often than not ALL terrorists are Muslim.
    The public pressure on the last administration and also this one is tremendiously high.
    I think the fear of recognizing the plain facts like what is posed in this piece are hindering us from protecting our selves, making it easy for the enemy to take hold from the inside and to invite an attack anywhere, everywhere.. It needs to be addressed.

    The part about recruiting U.S. citizens and “non-traditional terrorists” to carry out these attacks is known. What are we going to allow our government to do about it?

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