U.S. Faces Growing Terror Threat from ‘Indigenous Muslims,’ Experts Find

September 14, 2010 06:00

The United States faces a growing threat from terrorists drawn from “immigrant and indigenous Muslims as well as converts to Islam,” a new report finds.

By Matt Cover at CNSNews.com


‘The report, Assessing the Terrorist Threat, was written by terrorism expert Bruce Hoffman and veteran journalist Peter Bergen and published by the Bipartisan Policy Center’s National Security Preparedness Group, which is headed by 9/11 Commission Chairman Thomas Kean and Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton.’

‘The report’s main conclusion is that the United States faces a new and growing threat from Islamic extremists radicalized in America. The conventional wisdom – that America could avoid the problem of increased domestic radicalization plaguing Europe – is wrong, according to the report.’

‘“Given this list of incidents involving homegrown radicals, lone wolves, and trained terrorist recruits, the U.S. is arguably now little different from Europe in terms of having a domestic terrorist problem involving immigrant and indigenous Muslims, as well as converts to Islam,” Hoffman and Bergen conclude.’

‘“Now it is clear that terrorist groups see operational value in conducting more frequent and less sophisticated attacks that can place severe stress on finite intelligence and law enforcement resources,” state Bergen and Hoffman.

‘Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations have realized that such low-scale attacks are valuable because they are harder to disrupt, cost less to organize, and still result in a similar level of confusion and fear as high-profile attacks.’


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