California Attack Has U.S. Rethinking Strategy on Homegrown Terror

(New York Times) Peter Baker and Eric Schmitt - In the deadliest terrorist attack in America since Sept. 11, 2001, homegrown, self-radicalized individuals operated undetected before striking one of many soft targets that can never be fully protected in a country as sprawling as the U.S. Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security, said Saturday that terrorists have "in effect outsourced attempts to attack our homeland." Some administration officials said they needed to escalate efforts to stimulate contrary Muslim voices to counter extremist propaganda by the Islamic State. "Frankly, we've got to do a better job of approaching this in a way that allows us to...break the brand of ISIL's message," said Lisa Monaco, the president's counterterrorism adviser. Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik, the couple identified as the attackers in San Bernardino, seemed to have been inspired by the Islamic State but were not acting directly on its orders.

2015-12-07 00:00:00

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