Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism – but open border not a problem?

June 21, 2010 05:20

Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security, the nation’s homeland security chief said Friday. Is there anything this administration doesn’t want control of? Oh yes, the southern border.

AP via

As terrorists increasingly recruit U.S. citizens, the government needs to constantly balance Americans’ civil rights and privacy with the need to keep people safe, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

But finding that balance has become more complex as homegrown terrorists have used the Internet to reach out to extremists abroad for inspiration and training. Those contacts have spurred a recent rash of U.S.-based terror plots and incidents.

“The First Amendment protects radical opinions, but we need the legal tools to do things like monitor the recruitment of terrorists via the Internet,” Napolitano told a gathering of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.


Editor’s note – Remember this is the same person who sent out a warning to law enforcement officers nationwide implying  that returning war veterans, pro-life groups and other issues groups that disagreed with the Obama administration’s views were potentially dangerous and needed to be watched. Read about it HERE.

Help Make A Difference By Sharing These Articles On Facebook, Twitter And Elsewhere:

Interested In Further Reading? Click Here