Friday, April 18, 2014

TERRORIZM - Homegrown Extremism

"Counterterrorism adviser on understanding and responding to homegrown extremism" PBS NewsHour 4/17/2014


GWEN IFILL (NewsHour):  Boston, Fort Hood, Kansas City, Oklahoma City.  What happens when random mass violence strikes home?  What do we call it, and how do we prosecute it?

This week, Lisa Monaco, the president’s chief counterterrorism adviser, spoke out on that topic in a speech at Harvard’s Kennedy School.  And she joins me now.

Welcome to the NewsHour again.

LISA MONACO, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism:  Hi, Gwen.

GWEN IFILL:  Today, the attorney general, Eric Holder, gave a speech at the observances in Kansas City, in which he talked about this kind of domestic terror as an affront to the nation.

Is it terrorism?

LISA MONACO:  Well, Gwen, I think what I talked about in Cambridge on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings just a few days ago was that violent extremism has been with us in many forms, unfortunately even 19 years ago this week in Oklahoma City.

So, it comes in many forms.  And what we need to do is bring community efforts together to counter it.

GWEN IFILL:  I do want to talk about what the solutions are.  But also I think what we call it matters too, right?  You used the term attack on the homeland to describe the Boston Marathon bombings.  You’re a Boston native.  Obviously, it hit close.

That is particularly vivid language, but still not the T-word.


Well, I think we can get caught up in labels.  I think, as the attorney general spoke out quite movingly, as you indicated, today in Kansas — and our hearts go out to the people of Overland Park.  They are investigating that matter and looking at it as a hate crime.

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