How can US combat homegrown terror?
Former CIA officer Peter Brookes weighs in
- Duration 4:18
- Date Feb 26, 2013
Former CIA officer Peter Brookes weighs in
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-- former CIA officer and senior fellow for national security affairs at the charities foundation Peter Brookes so Peter is -- just said.
These people -- question these terrorists are boring here they're educated here they're employed here.
Why are they being radicalized and why.
That's very difficult to understand that that thing we can really look at -- is how they're being radicalized.
And of course for the FBI we'll tell you that their biggest concern is the lone wolf self radicalized homegrown terrorist.
And we've seen many of these cases we've had.
I think Heritage Foundation -- come up with a number of exceeding fifty.
The number of terrorist plots we've had in the United States since 9/11.
That's very that's very very troubling and it doesn't seem to be it doesn't seem to be dying off.
-- you know if you listen to what Osama bin Laden said to me what he talked about he talked about targeting people who are already in place.
Weather is the United States or any place else people who don't have to go through.
Customs don't have come through portals such as airports and that are already in place they can undertake these terrible acts.
To appear in your opinion know what is so powerful.
About the ideology -- -- kite yet.
That we had been to dogs in ideology and any sort to combat that so any of these people that could be vulnerable.
Don't go to the dark side for -- the better -- Well -- it's very very difficult there's many many motivations for people to get involved in terrorism it could be it he could be something like.
You know criminal side to them -- -- -- Zarqawi in Iraq was considered this way.
He had a criminal the predilections that made him want to just cause death and destruction there -- people who want to be part of a bigger thing.
There -- people who might be motivated.
You know ideologically.
So it's very very difficult -- -- we look at crime or other issues that are on in the United States what motivates -- each individual that's very very hard to tell and it's real quick here Peter what.
What's the solution.
I mean how do you combat it.
Don't be complacent.
That's the answer here we cannot become complacent about this threat it's a huge mistake and that's exactly what they want to do -- become complacent and not oppose it.
We heard our viewers to read the report as well as published in its its surprising and it's it's easy to -- point peer to see how.
You can become complacent if you don't have the facts and the facts are pretty interesting.
Based on this report.
Heck that's about this headline -- jets broke from the associated press and I'm just gonna read it it's it's -- -- the wire.
I want your impression -- it because we need to talk about this more with their viewers the associate press is reporting today that the US led military coalition and Afghanistan.
Reported a decline.
And Taliban attacks last year Peter and I officials said that there was no actual change -- number of the attacks meaning that.
Did indeed get better there that that right international attacks on our troops stayed attacks on our international troops aren't me where the same in 2012.
How common pat have you ever is that normal delete -- -- that what does that mean.
Well it's early runs against the administration's narrative that things are getting better and Afghanistan I'm very concerned about this.
You know Jenna was this a clerical error which you know things like this can happen to think that but at least right now that there seem right does it stand right -- somewhere along the line right and missed it right.
-- congress has to look at this get some answers I mean we're talking about drawing our troops down there we just talked about terrorism and al-Qaeda.
It always and we found out from that report re just talking about that a lot of these people were trained overseas were trained in Afghanistan.
And now we may have a security vacuum there I think we really need to reassess what we're doing in Afghanistan based on these new numbers that some congress needs to do.
If -- if we could Peter we reset the Pentagon for a statement we haven't got in the yet.
-- research department checked to see if we've had these revisions over the years in Afghanistan so far we haven't found any the Pentagon spokesperson says the Associated Press.
That this -- -- doesn't tell this full story.
A progress in the Taliban.
Let's turn up I mean it's it's a snapshot it's not the movie.
But once again I think it is pretty important when you -- in the administration uses this -- Panetta said last year that attacks were down in Afghanistan in 2012.
It doesn't seem to be the case is we need more get get more answers.
-- and look for more information continue to cover the story throughout the day here on Fox News.
Peter thank you for the your insights appreciated -- thanks for having me.