US Attorney General Eric Holder spoke candidly with ABC News regarding the "potentially bad news" and the very real threat of "homegrown terrorists." Holder offered to ABC: "[Homegrown Terrorism] is one of the things that keeps me up at night. You didn't worry about this even two years ago - about Americans, to the extent that we do now. And - that is of - of great concern." Holder furthered: "The threat has changed from simply worrying about foreigners coming here, to worrying about people in the United States, American citizens - raised here, born here, and who for whatever reason, have decided that they are going to become radicalized and take up arms against the nation in which they were born."
Holder supported his claims with astounding figures. Holder stated that of the 126 people arrested throughout the past two years, fifty were American citizens. Holder pointed the finger at Al Qaeda and U.S. citizen as well as radical cleric Anwar Al Awlaki. Of Awlaki, Holder noted: "[Awlaki] would be on the same list as [Osama] bin Laden. He's up there. I don't know whether he's one, two, three, four- I don't know. But he's certainly on the list of the people who worry me the most." U.S. officals have discovered Awlaki's teachings and writings on the computers of radicals within the U.S. with plans of terrorist attempts within the U.S. Holder offered the rise of Americans with the "ability to go into your basement, turn on your computer, find a site that has this kind of hatred spewed...they have an ability to take somebody who is perhaps just interested, perhaps just on the edge, and take them over to the other side."
Holder assured that the U.S. government is carefully monitoring Internet activities and has enlisted the FBI to operate "stings" to uncover and arrest Americans willing to "attack and kill fellow citizens." Despite the alarming information revealed during the ABC interview, Holder assured: "I have all those tools available to me to try to keep the American people safe, and to do the job that I'm supposed to do as a 21st century attorney."