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FBI Director Warns of Homegrown Terrorists

The director of the FBI, Robert Mueller, warned of the possibility of American citizens becoming terrorists and launching attacks on U.S. soil on February 23 before the council on Foreign Relations.

“Over the years since September 11th, we have learned of young men from communities in the United States, radicalized and recruited here to travel to countries such as Afghanistan or Iraq, Yemen or Somalia. They may be recruited to participate in the fighting, or, in the extreme case, to become suicide bombers,” Mueller said.

Mueller mentioned the case of Shirwa Ahmed, a Somali-American who lived in Minneapolis and was recruited to fight alongside radical Islamic militants in Somalia, ultimately carrying out a suicide bombing there in October. According to Mueller, Ahmed is believed to be the first U.S. citizen to have carried out a suicide bombing.

The Department of Homeland Security appeared to differ with the FBI director’s assessment.

“We are not immune to an attack from a home-grown terrorist, but the probabilities and sustainability of such an act are very low,” the spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security said hours after Mueller made his statement.

Homegrown terrorism is the subject of the Christian Action Network’s latest documentary, Homegrown Jihad: Terrorist Camps Around the U.S. The film documents the creation of approximately 35 radical Islamic compounds around the country by a group called Jamaat ul-Fuqra.