New U.S. Security Strategy Focuses on Terrorists at Home

(Washington Times) Eli Lake - President Obama's new national security strategy will include a focus on the threat posed by Americans who can be recruited and radicalized by al-Qaeda through the Internet, John Brennan, the president's senior counterterrorism adviser, said Wednesday. Brennan, speaking on the eve of the release by the Obama administration of a new National Security Strategy report, told an audience at the Center for Strategic and International Studies: "We have seen individuals, including U.S. citizens, armed with their U.S. passports, travel easily to extremist safe havens and return to America, their deadly plans disrupted by coordinated intelligence and law enforcement." The new strategy, according to Brennan, will continue the Bush administration strategy of seeking to distinguish al-Qaeda terrorism from the religion of Islam. Brennan specifically said the Obama administration would no longer use the terms "Islamist" and "jihadist." At the same time, the new strategy states that the U.S. remains on a war footing against al-Qaeda and seeks to destroy the group and its affiliates.

2010-05-27 08:22:26

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