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Napolitano: U.S. Tracking Homegrown al-Qaida

Tuesday, 13 Oct 2009 12:44 PM

By Dave Eberhart

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Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano revealed this week that U.S. law enforcement is hot on the trail of homegrown terrorists with allegiance to al-Qaida.

“It is fair to say there are individuals in the United States who ascribe to al-Qaida-type beliefs,” Napolitano told Bloomberg Television. “And so it makes information-sharing, it makes effective law enforcement and it makes the shared responsibility of law enforcement ever so important.”

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Information-sharing between federal, state and local law enforcement agencies is “much improved” since the Sept. 11 attacks, she maintained.

The threat of attack “is always with us,” Napolitano concluded.

By way of example, in September, U.S. authorities indicted Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan immigrant and former Denver airport shuttle-van driver, on federal terrorism conspiracy charges. Authorities said bomb-making plans were found on a laptop computer in his car.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said the case had connections to al-Qaida.

In the broad ranging interview, the U.S. Security chief argued that Intelligence tips on terror suspects are more important than a system to track visitors leaving the country, adding better border enforcement will help make the case for immigration legislation.

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