Donald Borelli: Lean Forward on Homegrown Terror: Always Reacting Won’t Cut It
December 28, 2010

Lean Forward on Homegrown Terror: Always Reacting Won’t Cut It

The New York Daily News
By: Donald Borelli


It has been widely reported that Attorney General Eric Holder is losing sleep over the growing threat from homegrown terrorists. Unanswered, however, is whether he or anyone in our government has a comprehensive long–term strategy to stop the trend of increasing numbers of domestic extremists.

If not, we should all be losing sleep — because reactively arresting homegrown terrorists, one after the other, is no substitute for proactively countering the forces of radicalism that turn “ordinary” Americans into violent jihadists.

Yet that’s what we’ve been relegated to doing in recent months.

On Dec. 8, the Justice Department announced the arrest of Antonio Martinez, aka Mohammed Hussein, in Baltimore for conspiring with individuals, who he believed were fellow terrorists, to detonate a vehicle filled with explosives parked outside an armed forces recruiting station.

On Nov. 26, Mohamed Osman Mohamud was arrested for attempting to detonate what he thought was a car bomb at a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore.

And in May 2009, the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, a branch of which I led, arrested four men in connection with a plot to bomb two synagogues in the Bronx and shoot down a military aircraft…


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