SPIEGEL: You would like the German authorities to share personal data of terrorism suspects, such as fingerprinting and DNA?
Napolitano: That is exactly right. We will also want to share some experiences with counter-radicalization, how the radicalization of young Muslims in our countries can be prevented.
SPIEGEL: Europe has a problem with just such people, young Muslims who grew up in the West and are still susceptible to radical messages. The terrorists responsible for the July 2005 attacks in London are an example.
Napolitano: In some ways, the problem in Europe is greater than in the United States. But the questions are the same. How do you identify a youth who is susceptible to becoming radicalized? How do you work with that youth, his family and community to give them alternatives to radicalization?
SPIEGEL: Would you characterize such social measures as a task of your agency?
Napolitano: Yes. In fact, we have group within my agency, the civil liberties group, and they have a focus right now on that issue.
SPIEGEL: Because the US fears that homegrown European terrorists with European passports could enter the country without a visa, for some weeks all travellers have had to via the internet at least 72 hours before departure. Is that not going too far?
Napolitano: Thousands have registered with the ESTA program, and the rate of acceptance is around 98 percent. This new technology enables us to more thoroughly check who wants to visit our country. Read the whole interview. Read the whole interview
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Napolitano's Agency Working on Counter Radicalization
In an interview with Germany's Spiegel, Janet Napolitano says within the Department of Homeland Security, a group is working on identifying those who might be susceptible to extreme teachings. She also appears to be deflating terrorists, moving away from empowering them by labeling them our No. 1 enemy, getting away from Bush's politics of fear.