Terrorism-Just Say NO
Posted by ginnypub on March 17, 2009
At last we have an actual homeland security policy in place. Janet Napolitano is President Soetoro’s new Homeland Security Secretary. Der Amerikanisch lesben announced it in an interview with Germany’s Der Spiegel.
SPIEGEL: Madame Secretary, in your first testimony to the US Congress as Homeland Security Secretary you never mentioned the word “terrorism.” Does Islamist terrorism suddenly no longer pose a threat to your country?
Napolitano: Of course it does. I presume there is always a threat from terrorism. In my speech, although I did not use the word “terrorism,” I referred to “man-caused” disasters. That is perhaps only a nuance, but it demonstrates that we want to move away from the politics of fear toward a policy of being prepared for all risks that can occur.
SPIEGEL: When you were Arizona’s governor, illegal immigration was an important issue for you. Your comment on the idea of a border fence was, “Show me a 50-foot fence, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder.” Europe hasn’t found an answer to illegal immigration. What can Americans and Europeans learn from each other?
Napolitano: That you have to be pragmatic. You have to avoid over-simplification from the far right and from the far left. Ultimately, you need to deal with the underlying immigration law and a reasonable immigration policy. At some point, when the time is appropriate, our president and congress will re-engage on the underlying immigration law. Right now, my task is to make smart enforcement decisions on the law that we have.
SPIEGEL: Europe has a problem with just such people, young Muslims who grew up in the West and are still susceptible to radical messages. The terrorists responsible for the July 2005 attacks in London are an example.
Napolitano: In some ways, the problem in Europe is greater than in the United States. But the questions are the same. How do you identify a youth who is susceptible to becoming radicalized? How do you work with that youth, his family and community to give them alternatives to radicalization?
SPIEGEL: Would you characterize such social measures as a task of your agency?
Napolitano: Yes. In fact, we have group within my agency, the civil liberties group, and they have a focus right now on that issue.