Feds Say U.S. Faces Rising Homegrown-Extremism Threats


The Obama administration, grappling with recent Islamic terrorism cases on U.S. soil, has concluded that the country confronts a rising threat from homegrown extremism, the Los Angeles Times reports. Anti-terrorism officials and experts see signs of accelerated radicalization among American Muslims, driven by English-language online propaganda and reflected in aspiring fighters’ trips to hot spots such as Pakistan and Somalia.

The number, variety and scale of recent U.S. cases suggest 2009 has been the most dangerous year domestically since 2001. There were major arrests of Americans accused of plotting with Al Qaeda and its allies, including an Afghan American charged in a New York bomb plot; authorities tracked other extremism suspects joining foreign networks, and the FBI rounded up homegrown terrorism suspects in Dallas, Detroit, and Raleigh, N.C.

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