May 27th, 2010
02:24 PM ET
4 years ago

New Obama security strategy targets Americans radicalized by al Qaeda

Washington (CNN) - Vowing to continue to "underwrite global security" - but not alone - the Obama administration Thursday released its first National Security Strategy, a 52-page outline of the president's strategic approach and priorities.

The NSS, required by Congress of every administration to be prepared every four years, for the first time combines homeland security and national security, focusing not only on threats internationally but on the threat of home-grown radicals inspired and recruited by al Qaeda.

"We view this as an important and emerging challenge," Ben Rhodes, deputy national security adviser for strategic communication, told reporters. Al Qaeda, he said, is less capable of using safe havens for training abroad and is now "trying to inspire Americans to carry out attacks on the U.S."

Those Americans, he said, may have less direct contact with the terrorist organization but they carry American passports and know the strengths and weaknesses of the United States.

"Several recent incidents of violent extremists in the United States who are committed to fighting here and abroad have underscored the threat to the United States and our interests posed by individuals radicalized at home," the NSS states. "Our best defenses against this threat are well informed and equipped families, local communities and institutions."

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. phoenix86

    And so we begin, the Obama adminstration will now turn on US citizens and do nothing against foreign threats.

    Look to Obama to soon equate anyone who disagrees with the administration as "radicalized".

    Our individual freedom is now directly threatened by our government.

    May 27, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  2. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Good...but don't forget the radicalized Republican Taliban followers as well that openly hate the government or anyone that opposes their radical agenda. Sick and tired of these goons threatening Americans and our elected officials with violence. These goons are just as deadly as Al Queda.

    May 27, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Americans radicalized by al Qaeda"

    You should be more specific CNN. I read that and thought you were talking about the GOP and Tealiban and their prominent factions of right wing nutjob religio-fascist racist xenophobe muslim haters.

    May 27, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  4. Ron in California

    Make sure your Surviellence programs are constitutional....sound familair...Dems? Just KEEP us safe.

    May 27, 2010 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  5. Hammerer

    Americans not islamist terroist are the target.
    That figures. Can not accuse a brother.

    May 27, 2010 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  6. Lando

    They call them Republibans.....

    May 27, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  7. Kristie

    That's great, one way you can start with is NOT let the muslims build a 15 story Mega Mosque at ground zero in NY,, Being dedicated on 9-11-11.

    May 27, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. jeff jackson, alabama

    I read that the construction of 80% of
    mosques in the U.S. are funded by the
    Saudis. The students they have here
    help to get them up and running and
    those 80% are supplied with radical
    literature from Saudi Arabia. Also in
    the article there was mention that our
    government was fully aware of this.
    The thing is, we are all at the mercy of
    whatever sources we get our info from.
    Some sources are truthful some maybe
    not. But if these sources are right our
    own government seems to be turning
    a blind eye to a real threat from our
    enemies.

    May 27, 2010 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Those Americans, he said, may have less direct contact with the terrorist organization but they carry American passports and know the strengths and weaknesses of the United States.

    "Our best defenses against this threat are well informed and equipped families, local communities and institutions
    -------------------------------–

    If the above statements are not a PERFECT description of today's GOP and how to combat it I don't know what is.

    The enemy within our borders, that threaten our very existence are the REPUBLICANS. Before any OUTSIDE force can take us out the GOP has shown that they can do it better, quicker, and more cold-heartedly and decisively than any terrorist.

    The Taliban needs to go to the Republicans for training.

    May 27, 2010 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. jim

    @ phoenix86 who said "Our individual freedom is now directly threatened by our government"

    you mean, like the previous administration's use of torture and unwarranted wiretaps?

    i remind you of the right winger's noise regarding the feared restrictions on guns WHICH NEVER APPEARED.

    PLEASE STOP YOUR FEAR TACTICS AND USE FACTS INSTEAD.

    May 27, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. jim

    @ Hammerer who said "Americans not islamist terroist are the target.
    That figures. Can not accuse a brother."

    i'm reminded of timothy mcveigh who bombed the oklahoma city federal building and ted kaczyinski who was the unabomber. both were american citizens and NOT islamic.

    fool

    terrorists, regardless of their religion, are the target of this administration. why can't you understand that?

    May 27, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "Look to Obama to soon equate anyone who disagrees with the administration as "radicalized"."

    Gold star for stupid.

    May 27, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Americans better stop profiling people just because they don' look like you. The fact is, there are those among us who look like us, talk like us and they don't go to mosque, in fact they are profiling us.

    May 27, 2010 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  14. Alex

    So much for this "constitutional law" expert and his promises to restore the dignity of due process and the Bill of Rights! The temptation of tyranny is apparently irresistible once you're in the Oval Office, Republican or Democrat...

    May 27, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Specification

    I guess ole janet will be profiling white, christian, ex military with don't tread on me bumper stickers again, since it would not be politically correct to profile muslim, dark skinned persons or ayers type liberals.

    May 27, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  16. Uh oh

    Get that NRA sticker off your truck, quick!

    May 27, 2010 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |