'Home-based Terrorism:' Politics and Reality
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The Obama Administration is warning of "home-based terrorism," attacks by American citizens on American soil. How vulnerable are American Muslims to radical propaganda? Is the threat being overstated for political purposes? Also, Illinois has agreed to take some Guantánamo detainees. On Reporter's Notebook, will President Obama be able to shake up the climate change talks when he finally makes his appearance in Copenhagen at the end of this week?
Banner image: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano delivers remarks at the opening ceremony of the new US Computer Emergency Readiness Team/National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center facility October 30, 2009 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
Illinois to Take Some Guantanamo Detainees ()
President Obama has directed that suspected terrorists now housed at Guantánamo Bay will be moved to the Thomson Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison 150 miles west of Chicago. Judy Keen is Chicago Bureau Chief for USA Today.
- Judy Keen: Chicago Bureau Chief, USA Today
'Home-based Terrorism:' Politics and Reality ()
A series of recent incidents led Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to warn that “home-based terrorism” is a threat the US “must confront.” American citizens -- including Muslims born in the US — are accused of planning some terrorist actions and actually being involved in others. How serious is the threat and how should it be confronted? Are American Muslims being radicalized? Is any substantial number likely to go overseas for training and then return to commit terrorist actions on American soil? Do Muslims have a special responsibility to combat it? What does it have to do with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? Does the Obama Administration exaggerate to gain support for military action?
- Brian Jenkins: Independent security and terrorism expert
- Walid Phares: Director of the Future of Terrorism Project, Foundation for the Defense of Democracies'
- Spencer Ackerman: Senior Reporter, Washington Independent
- Aziz Poonawalla: blogger, BeliefNet.com
- Hedieh Mirahmadi: President, World Organization for Resource Development and Education, @WORDEorg
Waiting for Obama in Copenhagen ()
Although Barack Obama hasn't said much in public, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs confirms that the President has been working the phones with world leaders, pushing for a new deal on global warming. Obama plans a last-minute appearance at the UN climate summit, where the United States has been criticized for offering too little, too late, but his chief delegate, Todd Stern, said the US won't offer to cut greenhouse emissions any more than it already has. David Corn is in Copenhagen for Mother Jones magazine.
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