Homegrown terrorist threat to be part of National Security Strategy

Thursday, May 27, 2010
By Paul Martin

By Pam Benson
May 27, 2010

Washington (CNN) — When the Obama administration unveils its National Security Strategy Thursday, it will be the first time a president explicitly recognizes the threat posed to the country by radicalized individuals at home.

“For the first time since 9/11, the NSS integrates homeland security and national security,” according to highlights of the plan given to CNN by a senior administration official said.

The security strategy acts as a blueprint for how the White House intends to protect Americans. In the past, it has focused mostly on international threats. But National Security Adviser John Brennan explained Wednesday that a spate of terror-related plots in the United States recently prompted the Obama administration to include homegrown terrorism in the document.

“Such a strategy must begin with the recognition that a clear-eyed understanding of our strategic environment — the world as it is today — is necessary to shape the world that we seek,” according to a summary of the plan.

“Currently, the United States is focused on completing a responsible transition in Iraq, succeeding in Afghanistan, and defeating al Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates, while moving our economy from deep recession to enduring recovery. Even as we confront these crises, our national strategy must take a longer view. We must adapt and lead in a rapidly changing, interconnected world in which interests of nations and peoples are increasingly shared.”

Homegrown terrorism represents a new phase of the terrorist threat, officials said.

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