Monday, March 07, 2011
Threat Level Highest Since 9/11 ~Janet Napolitano
"Deputy national security Denis McDonough said, "When it comes to preventing violent extremism and terrorism in the United States, Muslim Americans are not part of the problem, you're part of the solution." (SOURCE)
"Attorney General Eric Holder told ABC News in an exclusive interview today that he is increasingly concerned about Americans becoming radicalized and turning to terrorism. I mean, that's one of the things that's particularly troubling: This whole notion of radicalization of Americans," Holder said. (SOURCE)
Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., is facing a backlash, including a Sunday protest in New York, over his decision to hold Thursday's hearing -- the first in a series -- on the threat of Islamic radicalization. King said he's surprised the American-Muslim community is not embracing his hearings because they are the ones most victimized when radical elements infiltrate their communities.
"I've said time and again the overwhelming [majority] of Muslims are good Americans, but the threat is coming from their community and we have to find out why, how it is being done and how to stop it," he told Fox News. "We have an absolute obligation to investigate that."(SOURCE)
"Muslims, activists from leftist organizations, community leaders and celebrities in New York City demonstrated in Times Square on Sunday to protest a Congressional hearing on radicalization of U.S. Muslims and the creation of homegrown and "lone wolf" terrorists.
Ironically, the Times Square protest was held at the scene of last year's attempt to bomb the busy theater district using a carload of explosives. The bomber was a radical Muslim with ties to cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki who advocates violence against the U.S. and Israel. Al-Awlaki specializes in recruiting angry, disturbed or disenfranchised young Muslims for terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda." (SOURCE)