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US Homeland Security head talks terrorism, border security

Posted October 20, 2011

— The head of the federal agency that tries to secure America from dangers ranging from terrorism to natural disasters said threats to aircrafts remain constant, even a decade after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. 

Plots to get weapons on-board planes or stash bombs in cargo or more creative places continue to be dealt with, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said while speaking at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy on Thursday.

Napolitano said there have also been threats of people "surgically implanting bombs into suicide bombers." 

One of the most dangerous threats the country faces is terrorists inside the country, like the person who planted a bomb near the route of a Martin Luther King Jr. parade in Spokane, Wash., earlier this year, she said. 

Cyberspace is also a place where the country is seeing a growing number of attacks, she said. 

"This is an area where we are being attacked on a daily basis," she said. 

Napolitano said most terror plots are foiled when someone notices something suspicious and tells authorities. 

Despite the country's best efforts, Napolitano said, "You have to accept (that) you will not eliminate every threat." 

Napolitano arrived days after her agency's Immigration and Customs Enforcement division said it deported nearly 400,000 people during the fiscal year that ended in September, the most in the agency's history. Officials said about 55 percent of those deported had felony or misdemeanor convictions.

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Napolitano has said deportation efforts are focused on criminals, recent border crossers, and those who repeatedly cross the border.

She stressed on Thursday that the borders are being secured.

When asked a question by a young man, who acknowledged that he was in the country illegally, Napolitano stressed that she supports the Dream Act, allowing those who grew up in the U.S. illegally to stay, if they meet certain conditions. 

"There is not a stronger believer in the Dream Act," she said. 

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  • lolly Oct 21, 2011

    Napolitano says that "deportation efforts are focused on criminals, recent border crossers, and those who repeatedly cross the border." She also says she supports the Dream Act.

    Isn't that sort of like saying you support dieting while eating chocolate? Aren't the terms mutually exclusive?

    Washington doublespeak makes me sleepy. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  • wattsun Oct 21, 2011

    Brainwashing and Scare Tactics Policy 101 No agency is going to make you safer.
    whats a waste of funds

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Oct 21, 2011

    I agree with others here, the DHS needs to be dismantled. Bush's biggest mistake...

  • Sarge Oct 21, 2011

    Maybe she needs to go to Arizona and talk to them!

    "I believe she refers to that as "selective enforcement", but you won't see a whole lot about it in the main stream media."

    Hence the problem with people getting all their info from MSM.

  • cwood3 Oct 21, 2011

    She and her department are a joke!! She needs to resign-along with her boss.

    She would not know the truth if it bit her in the ...

  • whatusay Oct 21, 2011

    There is no border security and any state that tries to enforce it is sued by the Obama Administration. Border land owners are sued by illegals, in US courts, if they are detained by the land owners. And Janet comes to NC to talk about border security!!!!!!

  • bowslinger70 Oct 20, 2011

    WHAT A Joke !! The Dept. of Homeland Security needs to be shut down along with the Obama Administration !!

  • flyguync Oct 20, 2011

    "ask her this about this... DHS Authorizing Illegal Aliens to Work in U.S."

    I believe she refers to that as "selective enforcement", but you won't see a whole lot about it in the main stream media.

  • Sarge Oct 20, 2011

    ask her this about this... DHS Authorizing Illegal Aliens to Work in U.S.

  • ginaosbo Oct 20, 2011

    Mebbe she could run by NCSU whilst she is here and protest the "vandalism".

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