Napolitano: Internet Monitoring Needed to Fight Homegrown Terrorism

June 21, 2010

WASHINGTON — Fighting homegrown terrorism by monitoring Internet communications is a civil liberties trade-off the U.S. government must make to beef up national security, the nation’s homeland security chief said Friday.

As terrorists increasingly recruit U.S. citizens, the government needs to constantly balance Americans’ civil rights and privacy with the need to keep people safe, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

But finding that balance has become more complex as homegrown terrorists have used the Internet to reach out to extremists abroad for inspiration and training. Those contacts have spurred a recent rash of U.S.-based terror plots and incidents.

“The First Amendment protects radical opinions, but we need the legal tools to do things like monitor the recruitment of terrorists via the Internet,” Napolitano told a gathering of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

Napolitano’s comments suggest an effort by the Obama administration to reach out to its more liberal, Democratic constituencies to assuage fears that terrorist worries will lead to the erosion of civil rights.

1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • Bobo says:

    These rights that they so cavalierly suspend are “unalienable” in our declaration of independence, meaning that they cannot be taken away by anyone, or even given away. The banker owned governments of the world presume to take them away in response to their own instigated false flag attacks, by first calling them ‘inalienable’ rights ( which can be contracted away), and then claiming that your participation in “benefits” makes you a US citizen (i.e. property) through some adhesion contract or trust.

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