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Napolitano warns of ‘heightened’ terror threat

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 17:32 EDT
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WASHINGTON — The United States is facing “heightened” threats of attacks from extremists, possibly the highest since the attacks of September 11, 2001, the head of US homeland security told lawmakers Wednesday.

“There is no question that we have made many important strides in securing our country from terrorism since 9/11, but the threat continues to evolve,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a congressional panel.

“And in some ways, the threat today may be at its most heightened state since the attacks nearly 10 years ago.”

Napolitano, appearing before the House Homeland Security Committee, said that Al-Qaeda “still represents a threat to the United States, despite its diminished capabilities,” and that the nation also faces “threats from a number of Al-Qaeda associates that share its violent extremist ideology.”

She noted that there is “an increased emphasis on recruiting Americans and Westerners to carry out attacks.”

“These groups are trying to recruit people to carry out attacks that have connections to the West, but who do not have strong ties to terrorist groups that could possibly tip off the intelligence community,” she added.

“They are also encouraging individuals in the West to carry out their own small-scale attacks, which require less of the coordination and planning that could raise red flags and lead to an attack’s disruption.

“This means that the threat has evolved in such a way that we have to add to our traditional counterterrorism strategies, which in the past have looked at the attack as coming from abroad,” she said.

Napolitano, responding to questions, said the US has to be more alert in responding to threats from both outside and inside the country.

“We understand full well that Islamist-inspired, Al-Qaeda-inspired, however you want to call it, terrorism, be it coming from abroad or now being homegrown, is part and parcel of the security picture that we now have to deal with in the United States,” she said.

Her comments came the same day a US man accused in a plot “to advance violent jihad” in other countries pleaded guilty to conspiracy to murder and other terrorism-related charges.

The Justice Department said 40-year-old Daniel Patrick Boyd, known by the name “Saifullah,” pleaded guilty in federal court in North Carolina to charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons in a foreign country.

It was the latest in a series of homegrown terrorism cases, and came just a week after an American woman who called herself “JihadJane” and surfed the Internet to recruit jihadists pleaded guilty to charges stemming from a plot to kill a Swedish cartoonist.

Colleen LaRose, 47, pleaded guilty on February 1 to terrorism, plotting to kill in a foreign country, lying to the FBI and attempted identity theft — charges for which she could face life behind bars.

Last October, a Pakistani-American was sentenced to life in prison for his botched car bomb attempt in New York’s famed Times Square, but in a chilling statement warned that jihadist war “has just begun.”

Faisal Shahzad, a recently naturalized US citizen who lived in Connecticut and led what appeared to be a typical immigrant’s life, pleaded guilty in June to the May 1 bombing attempt.

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  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it amazing how the “terror threat” always rises the closer to elections?
    Especially for an incumbent party who is trailing in the polls.

    I will say one thing about this administration which I so naively placed such hope on…They sure learned well from the masters of deceit.
    2012 should be interesting.

  • samhoustonTX

    Here comes the Obama position. Our Constitution must have the Patriot Act extend if it is too survive. A democracy can survive without it, but the Imperial USA cannot. Looks like our future is war and repression of constitutional rights.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/6EX2KJ7LSZMDCBZWCH62Q7CABY Sandra

    Watch out for convenient “attacks” on US soil. Janet will show Congress who’s boss when it comes to the Patriot Act.

  • overdoneputaforkinit

    The strategy of occupying their country, kicking in doors and taking away family members to torture and murder is going to continue to pay off big. No matter how small the “attack” is, even a Muslim with a firecracker in his underwear will trigger an extraordinary exaggerated response from the federal government which will dump truckloads of cash into defense and security contractors hand picked by homeland security for the big lottery win.

  • Anonymous

    I find just looking at Janet’s face is frightening. I could easily see her participating in another Plutocracy-orchestrated false-flag operation. You can tell she is jonesin’ for power.

  • Guest

    Is it me or is it a coincidence that the “terror threat” level is the highest because the PATRIOT Act (which stands for Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) needs to be extended??

    When terrorism can be defined by most anything “Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct” sounds so Orwellian, when they want to project security in the name of patriotism. I love how they play with the language. But sadly, this time it’s the Democrats.

    There’s that dime’s difference again.

  • Anonymous

    My opinion – - Another OBAMA LYING SACK OF SHIT!

  • Anonymous

    She’s afraid of the truth.
    The truth that We the People have awakened.
    Expect more fearful cries against the “truth terrorists”.
    How does it feel Janet, to be on the other end of fear?

    http://barefootsworld.net
    http://republicoftheunitedstates.org

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, isn’t it strange how the defeat of passing that crap act bring out this moron saying the “terror threat” level is the highest?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YHUR5LALBGRBDQ5VAKAL3JDKNU JustinB

    That’s odd, didn’t Congress just vote on the extension of the Patriot Act? After reading about the vote today, Kucinich’s challenge to Tea Partiers, and basically the uncertainty of the Patriot Act doesn’t anyone else find it ironic that we are suddenly at our most dangerous level of terror threat since 9/11? A warning above states:

    “This means that the threat has evolved in such a way that we have to add to our traditional counterterrorism strategies, which in the past have looked at the attack as coming from abroad,”

    “We understand full well that Islamist-inspired, Al-Qaeda-inspired, however you want to call it, terrorism, be it coming from abroad or now being homegrown, is part and parcel of the security picture that we now have to deal with in the United States,”

    Doesn’t it seem like this is just a play on fear at a time the Patriot Act is up for vote? Can someone out there create a visual timeline comparing “elevated risk” as it coincides with legislation that removes our rights? I feel like there is a stong pattern of this and this is not a new theory, just one I’ve never seen actually researched. After the timeline is acheived, file a freedom of information act request for information regarding what information lead to the heightened alert.

    This will never happen, but it would be pretty cool if it did.

  • Guest

    It reminds me of the 2004 Presidential Erection season, when Bush raised the terror threat every time the Dums had a feel good moment.

    But who are we kidding? When the Progressives start moaning about this, Obama will take that 50,000 watt smile of his and beat you over the head with his favorite Republican’t, just to show the right how tough he is with his own Party.

    Somebody Primary this guy already!

  • Anonymous

    I have trouble understanding words. What is the color of the threat level? Brown means Janet is shitting in her pants. God I forgot they did away with threat colors. Someone please convert Janet’s words to a color, please.

  • http://www.911Blogger.com/ Orangutan.

    Why doesn’t the head of ‘homeland security’ find a way to solve the Anthrax attacks and ask the 6 out of 10 commissioners of the 9/11 report why they have made statements distancing themselves from the accuracy of that report?

  • Guest

    “Henny Penny, also known as Chicken Licken or Chicken Little, is a fable in the form of a cumulative tale about a chicken who believes the world is coming to an end. Featuring prominently in it is the phrase ‘The sky is falling’ that has now passed into the English language as a common idiom indicating a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent. Because of this association, the tale became politicised during the course of the 20th century. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary records the first application of the name Chicken Little to ‘one who warns of or predicts calamity, especially without justification’ as dating from 1895.”

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WDCRZLG2KHQVYSWCN4POSUAKWU Michelle Beach

    Pre-emtive Mind Conditioning for the Congress,News Media, General Population, and Senate.
    These Clowns need to step down, so Real Leaders can take their place, and go after Bush/Cheney for 911!!!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, they must think we were born yesterday. They must have forgotten that Tom Ridge spilled the beans about the alerts. Is Janet gonna have a “tell all” book after she leaves?

  • Balthazars Rebellion

    Convenient, orchestrated, staged, choreographed and well planned for maximum effect….like 9/11. The power grab by zionist neocons was also planned as it was understood the American people would be in a state of shock. The masterminds knew the psychology of when the mind is most vulnerable to suggestion and believing of lies. The bullshit “be afraid of terrorists” buzzword still works on the hypnotized herd of sheep. Nappy knows this as well. The heightened terror alert is most definitely the dogs nipping at their heels to fall in line and be afraid.

  • Guest

    Everybody practice for the upcoming feature program by grabbing a book about a barn yard animal and sitting back and looking stupid.

  • Guest

    Good catch, thruthseeker.

  • Guest

    Until we see a real change in campaign finance laws, I am afraid that the “Real Leaders” we all truly look for, are all on the same carousel, fueled by special interest money, that spins around the same type of candidates.

    There all the same and until Joe Blow can run for office because he has the best ideas and not the best bank account, this is not going to change. The ‘Cititizens United’ Supreme Court ruling didn’t help matters either.

  • Guest

    “Somebody Primary this guy already!”

    Dennis won’t do it, DAMMIT!

  • Guest

    The Elf King??

  • Anonymous

    Blah, blah, fucking, blah.

  • Anonymous

    She is so full of shiznit, I don’t know what happened to her after leaving Arizona, but the promotion to DHS head turned her brains to corn flakes.

  • Anonymous

    What happened to her is that she was probably threatened with treason if she didn’t tow the line with what they want her to do.

    Please read this article:
    http://www.mediaroots.org/stop-the-airport-body-scammers.php

  • http://www.zazzle.com/InfinitudeTortoises* An Infinitude of Tortoises

    Her name is FUD.

  • Taleisin

    I think the color is now a tired and worn gray.

  • Taleisin

    The continued threat of immanent attack sure keeps you Americans in line.

  • Anonymous

    This is so obviously a lie to try to keep us in constant fear and thus, obedient. This whole terrorism thing is bullshit. I wouldn’t doubt at all that the CIA was behind 9/11. It created Al-Qaeda and made Osama bin Laden who he his. They also let him escape in Afghanistan because they want him alive; that’s not even what that war is about, just like the war in Iraq.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A7KHDX6CSM5TLM6G77EHCIS5ZA Chuck W

    That’s right Janet.. keep us all in fear. Interesting how this is coming up at the time of the Patriot Act renewal? Curious timing, eh?

    You know how many people died last year because of terrorism? 60.

    The terrorism threat is being exaggerated in order to further US geopolitical goals and control it’s population.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_A7KHDX6CSM5TLM6G77EHCIS5ZA Chuck W

    That’s right Janet.. keep us all in fear. Interesting how this is coming up at the time of the Patriot Act renewal? Curious timing, eh?

    You know how many people died last year because of terrorism? 60.

    The terrorism threat is being exaggerated in order to further US geopolitical goals and control it’s population.

  • Taleisin

    Was that 60 deaths because of terrorism on American soil by Muslims?

  • NadePaulKuciGravMcKi

    Department of Homeland Terror
    new federal stormtrooper army
    19 Dancing Oswalds
    =5 Dancing Mossad

  • Anonymous

    Hmm a veiled threat perhaps? Or could it be the chickens are just coming home to roost.

  • Anonymous

    She asks us to grovel like kicked dogs, to live on our knees. I think eliminating the black budget would do wonders for this problem. Maybe she needs to travel more and get an education. Let her be crushed in occupied Palestine, be bombed by drones in Pakistan, have her country occupied in Afghanistan, and understand what terror really is.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JRBJ4PCICLE2LKWF2USZSQWGG4 Jim

    Quite a coincidence: terror threat heightened plus Patriot Act in jeopardy.
    Janet thinks all Americans are dumb and unable to add 2+2.

  • Anonymous

    More police state BS from the criminal US government.

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