Internet propaganda raises US terrorist threat

. Wednesday, September 22


ABC News (and only ABC News) reports today that the threat of terrorism is now the highest since 9/11, with readily available al Qaeda propaganda on the Internet driving like-minded individuals in the US to terroristic acts.

U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter spoke during a hearing before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee September 22, 2010 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, to present the facts behind the evolving threat level.

"A blend of al Qaeda inspiration, perceived victimization, and glorification of past plotting, has become increasingly accessible through the Internet, and English-language websites are tailored to address the unique concerns of US-based extremists," said Leiter, who stated that more complex and frequent attacks have happened in the last year.

"The attack threats are now more complex, and the diverse array of threats tests our ability to respond, and makes it difficult to predict where the next attack may come.”

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