One of the most significant threats to the safety of the American people, according to a recent Department of Homeland Security report, resides within our borders.
Homegrown terrorism has been on the rise since 2001, and the attacks are becoming more frequent.
According to the Washington Free Beacon:
Nearly 20 percent of the 204 homegrown jihadist incidents in the United States since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks have occurred over the past year, the committee found in its monthly Terror Threat Snapshot, citing data from the Majority Staff of the Homeland Security Committee…
…”The homegrown threat is the greatest threat we face from terrorism in the United States,” David Inserra, a homeland security and cyber policy analyst, told the Washington Free Beacon in an interview. “More emphasis needs to be placed on state and local law enforcement communities. The FBI is overwhelmed by the number of people it’s trying to watch who may have connections to terrorism.”
Inserra said local policing plays a significant role in detecting homegrown terrorist plots.
Homegrown terrorism is on the rise and Homeland Security’s recommendation is to make this a concern and responsibility of the local and state government as well. A report from last week recommended “collaboration needs to be strengthened” and “improvement needs to stem primarily from federal agencies in terms of how they report information down to state and local authorities.”
Indeed. Collaboration must occur to keep the Bostons, San Bernardinos, and Orlandos from happening.
Just in the past month, one American has been charged with “making false statements to federal agents” while another was “detained for attempting to provide material support to ISIS.”
What about the many destructive terrorist plots that have been foiled? According to the Heritage Foundation, “there have been 94 Islamist-inspired terror plots and attacks against the homeland since 9/11. Homegrown terrorists were involved in 83 of these plots.”
According to Sara Gilkes of Georgetown University‘s security studies program, “American jihadists continue to draw their inspiration from a variety of sources. Understanding the long-term challenges of the global jihadist threat will require looking beyond specific groups and affiliations” as well.