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Homeland Chief Napolitano Says al Qaeda Followers in U.S. and Want to Attack

This isn’t exactly new, but maybe it’s important to say publicly from time to  time to remind the American people that they can’t become complacent about the potential threats of terrorism.

Janet Napolitano/bill maher show

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By Spencer S. Hsu
Washington Post Staff Writer

WASHINGTON — Al-Qaeda followers are inside the United States and would like to attack targets here and in other countries, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Wednesday night.

The secretary’s comments were her bluntest assessment yet of terror threats within the country, and they came one day after President Obama, in announcing his decision to send 30,000 additional U.S. troops to Afghanistan, warned that extremists have been “sent here from the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan to commit more acts of terror.”

Addressing the American Israel Friendship League in New York, Napolitano said a string of recent domestic arrests should “remove any remaining comfort that some might have had from the notion that if we fight the terrorists abroad, we won’t have to fight them here,” rebutting an argument advanced on several occasions by former president George W. Bush.

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