Next Big Threat: Home-Grown Terrorists
Counterterror head speaks following Portland plot
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 3, 2010 8:53 AM CST
National Counterterrorism Center Director Michael Leiter testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2010.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – The US is facing a major threat from inside: as home-grown terror plots abound, authorities may not be able to foil every plot, said a leading counterterrorism official in a Washington speech. Amid “a more complicated threat, a more diverse threat, and lower-scale attacks to include individuals who have been radicalized here in the homeland, stopping all the attacks has become that much harder,” the National Counterterrorism Center’s director noted.

“Although we aim for perfection, perfection will not be achieved. Just like any other endeavor, we will not stop all the attacks,” said Michael Leiter, the Daily Telegraph reports. But “to say that we will not successfully defend against all attacks is certainly not to say that we are not trying to stop all attacks. We are.”