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‘Homegrown Terrorists’ Use The Internet!

From the Los Angeles Times:

Homegrown radicals changing terrorism threat in U.S., officials say

The Internet has become a key tool for increasingly savvy and hard-to-detect extremists, top officials say. They say plotters are also inspired by Al Qaeda without having ties to the group.

By Ken Dilanian, Tribune Washington Bureau

September 21, 2010

The rising threat from homegrown radicals makes terrorist plots against the U.S. harder to detect and more likely to succeed, top administration officials are scheduled to tell Congress on Wednesday.

In written testimony to be delivered before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Michael E. Leiter, chief of the National Counterterrorism Center, each say terrorist threats have become more complex, with a greater array of plotters inspired by Al Qaeda without necessarily being directly linked to the terrorist network.

"Homegrown terrorists represent a new and changing facet of the terrorist threat," Napolitano said in the testimony, obtained in advance by the Los Angeles Times. "The threat is evolving in several ways that make it more difficult for law enforcement or the intelligence community to detect and disrupt plots." …

"Homegrown extremists are increasingly more savvy, harder to detect, and able to connect with other extremists overseas," Mueller said. "The Internet has expanded as a platform for spreading extremist propaganda, a tool for online recruiting, and a medium for social networking with like-minded violent extremists, all of which may be contributing to the pronounced state of radicalization inside the United States."

For the most post, the these terrorists they are referring to are not at all “homegrown.” They are from the Middle East. As is their inspiration.

The statements were less clear on how the government intends to counter the domestic threat

Well, for one thing, it sounds to us like they are looking for another excuse to control the internet. And, lo and behold, here it comes:

That is a major problem, said Sen. Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut independent who chairs the committee, and Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, the ranking Republican.

"We need to focus more deeply on the role of the Internet in violent Islamist extremism and reassess the adequacy of the tools and legal authorities we have to detect online plotting and radicalization," Lieberman said

Are Muslim terrorists going to do for the internet what they have done for air travel? 

Napolitano’s testimony described new initiatives to encourage tips from the public, including an advertising campaign with the slogan, "See something, say something."

And get sued by Mr. Holder for ‘profiling’ and other ‘hate thoughts’?

Mueller touted the FBI’s outreach to Muslim communities.

What a card that Mr. Mueller is.

Napolitano noted that the Department of Homeland Security is working with an array of 72 state and regional "fusion centers," where state and local law enforcement officials with top-secret clearance have access to high-level intelligence and analyze reports of suspicious activity generated by cops on the beat

Is this that anti-Muslim backlash that Mr. Rauf and other ‘Muslim moderates’ have warned the world about?

Luckily, we all know that Muslims will be the last people to be suspected of any untoward behavior. But any grandmothers going to conservative websites had better look out.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “‘Homegrown Terrorists’ Use The Internet!”

  1. AcornsRNutz says:

    Once I no longer have access to the internet and talk radio, I will definetly feel safer, simply by the fact that I won’t know any better, and the economic recovery, love from the entire world for the US, and the securing of the border will all apparently have become reality.

    Of course, we will still hear about the dangers of smoking, eating fat, screen doors, bicycles, chicken and beef hormones, large dogs near schools, private firearm ownership, gout, incandescent lightbulbs, childrens backpacks, Asiatic Flying Pig flu (a mixture of SARS avian and H1N1 flu, extremely deadly) getting too many breast and prostate exams, lupus and anything related to republican majority. Those are the issues we ought to be focusing on anyway.

  2. untrainable says:

    Wow. That IS “unexpected”. I guess the curly light bulb has finally gone off over Janet Neopolitan’s head. Quick! Fear the internet! It is Baaaaad. You might be getting radicalized from all the distracting stuff you read on your playstation… er uh… your Wii… no… that’s not it…your uh, IPud. Whatever. Anyway, as our illustrious leader has told us, too much information is just confuuuuusing for our little minds. Anyone remember unfrozen caveman lawyer? We’re all just simple cavemen. We got frozen, and then thawed out by some scientists. We’re all cofuuuused by your lights and your technology… blah blah blah.
    See something, say something? The only image I can conjure now is Gomer Pyle running down the street…”Citizen’s Araayyest Citizen’s Araayyest Citizen’s Araayyest”. Gimme a break.

  3. canary says:

    Napolitano has already made it clear all she does is watch the internet for entertainment doing nothing to prevent Ft. Hood, the underwear bomber. She even had major Hasan working on her how to be nice to muslim committee. It’s on camera.

  4. Right of the People says:

    I thought the only “domestic terrorists” were TEA Party members and former soldiers. I’m so confused.

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