Rick Nelson on counter-terrorism after 9/11

This week, Need to Know examined the story of “The Fort Dix Five,” using it as a case study of the post-9/11 U.S. strategy for finding and stopping homegrown terrorists.

To explore the overall effectiveness of our anti-terrorism efforts, Need to Know spoke with Rick Nelson, of the bipartisan Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is the director of their Homeland Security and Counterterrorism Program and recently co-wrote a report that assessed the threat of homegrown extremism in the United States. Previously, he served at the National Counterterrorism Center.

 
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  • E148

    What would you expect him to say? I would have surprised if he had said we were less safe now. We are less safe now. Look at Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Control the Internet. Absolutely not. The true price for freedom is not our kids dying in some foreign war. It is that we occasionally take it on the chin and allow us to be free.

    The US government is paranoid. It hypes the threats and has for a long time now.

    The Ft.Dix 5 were not planning to attack Ft. Dix. This is just thought police, a la 1984. Also, sting operations should not be allowed. The FBI just broke the law. They should lead by example. Also, laws are for everyone, including law enforcement.

    We are not safer. You have created these fake terrorists and then claim we are safer because of their convictions.

  • E148

    What would you expect him to say? I would have surprised if he had said we were less safe now. We are less safe now. Look at Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Control the Internet. Absolutely not. The true price for freedom is not our kids dying in some foreign war. It is that we occasionally take it on the chin and allow us to be free.

    The US government is paranoid. It hypes the threats and has for a long time now.

    The Ft.Dix 5 were not planning to attack Ft. Dix. This is just thought police, a la 1984. Also, sting operations should not be allowed. The FBI just broke the law. They should lead by example. Also, laws are for everyone, including law enforcement.

    We are not safer. You have created these fake terrorists and then claim we are safer because of their convictions.

  • E148

    How is jihad extremist? Huhammad raised an army and attacked cities that did not agree with him, a jihad. How is it extreme to do what the founder of your religion did?

  • E148

    How is jihad extremist? Huhammad raised an army and attacked cities that did not agree with him, a jihad. How is it extreme to do what the founder of your religion did?

  • E148

    How is jihad extremist? Huhammad raised an army and attacked cities that did not agree with him, a jihad. How is it extreme to do what the founder of your religion did?

  • Lucasjim43

    RE: Rick Nelson and other Government agents, police, et al.
    People like this can really screw up an innocent person’s life…especially if that person cannot
    afford a high priced law firm to get them off.
    There is damn little true justice in this “Free” Country !!!
    What kind of freedom was I fighting for in the Vietnam Era ?

  • commonsense000

    I’m disappointed that you didn’t follow up Rick Nelson’s comment about wanting to censor the internet with a question on how that would be different from China censoring the internet.

  • http://muslimmediareview.blogspot.com AymanFadel

    Counter-terrorism has become such a cash cow and career-builder for every sorry opportunist, from criminal informants like Mohammad Omar, who had to work 2 years and received 150k+ to get ambiguous statements from the Fort Dix 5, to people like Rick Nelson, whose position would not be valued if no “terrorists” were convicted.

    Asking counter-terrorisim people if there is a terrorist threat is like asking a hat maker if hats are in style.