From the AP:
Efforts by terrorists abroad to radicalize and recruit U.S. residents are an evolving problem, three top Obama administration officials told Congress on Wednesday.
The threat posed by homegrown extremists shows that the battle against terrorism has become more complex in the past year, underscoring the challenges of pinpointing and blocking terrorist plots, said Michael Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
"Groups affiliated with al-Qaida are now actively targeting the United States and looking to use Americans or Westerners who are able to remain undetected by heightened security measures," FBI Director Robert Mueller told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
"It appears domestic radicalization and homegrown extremism is becoming more pronounced," Mueller said.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said al-Qaida has inspired an array of terrorist groups.
"We are all seeing more diverse activity" by a more diverse collection of groups, Napolitano said.
From the Daily News:
Homeland security officials will hand New York $18.5 million today to keep the city's prototype dirty-bomb detection system running, the Daily News has learned.
New York lawmakers had to battle the Obama administration for the money, putting it in the federal budget last year after homeland security officials stripped it.
Run out of an operations center in the city, the effort features more than 4,500 pieces of radiation detection equipment, many equipped with GPS locators.
It's all aimed at sniffing out a nuke or dirty bomb before it can get across a bridge or tunnel and be detonated in the city.
Terrorism experts warn that the Holy Grail for violent extremists is getting their hands on a weapon of mass destruction.
Even a dirty bomb, which does little explosive damage, could be devastating to the city and economy if it contaminates vital areas with radiation.
Wow, I feel so much safer now!