Is Homegrown Terrorism a Threat to Military Communities?

The United State House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security released the Majority Investigative Report: Homegrown Terrorism: The Threat to Military Communities inside the United States. A joint hearing of the United State House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and the United States Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs was also held in conjunction with the report.
The focus of the report was the safety of military communities from terrorist threats on American soil. The report looks at the fact the that the “Department of Defense considers the U.S. Homeland the most dangerous place for a G.I. outside of foreign warzones – and the top threat they face here is from violent Islamist extremists.”

“The Majority Staff of the House Committee on Homeland Security has been conducting an investigation, which finds that 70% of the plots against military targets occurred since mid-2009 – including the two successful homeland attacks since 9/11.”

Other key findings of the report include:

• “More than five terror plots have been disrupted involving U.S. military insiders in the past decade and at least 11 or more cases involved veterans or those who attempted to join law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The likelihood of another deadly attack by a trusted insider is a severe and emerging threat, which the Pentagon is aggressively investigating to identify perpetrators;
• Two successful attacks against the military outside of Afghanistan and Iraq were perpetrated by radicalized soldiers assigned to U.S.-based Army units: at Camp Pennsylvania in Kuwait in 2003 and at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009;
• At least 16 external terror plots targeting military personnel stationed inside the U.S. Homeland have been disrupted or investigated;
• At least nine other external plots were thwarted involving U.S. Persons in the homeland who traveled or planned trips overseas to kill G.I.s in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere;
• A growing number of terrorist threats are directed at families of military personnel. Particularly at risk are relatives of troops in units involved in counterterror operations.”

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