Homegrown radicals as dangerous as jihadists, Napolitano says

Sept. 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
WASHINGTON, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said homegrown radicals like the Boston Marathon bombers may be as great a threat as international jihadists.

Speaking to CBS News Friday on her last day before resigning to become president of the University of California, Napolitano, 55, said, "Boston happened ... one or two people making what in fact is a low-tech type of improvised explosive device. That kind of attack has been a key concern of mine."

"What we can do is be always thinking about threats we could confront. There are no 100 percent guarantees in this business," she said.

At a farewell ceremony, Vice President Joe Biden congratulated Napolitano on her four-year term and suggested she join the U.S. Supreme Court.

His statement was met with loud applause by those attending, including current and former cabinet secretaries, law enforcement officials and Attorney General Eric Holder, CNN reported.

Napolitano's name was floated as a contender to fill Supreme Court vacancies in 2009 and 2010, filled by Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Napolitano has been a U.S. attorney, state attorney general and governor of Arizona, but never a judge, CNN noted.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Recommended UPI Stories
Most Popular
Source: Ferguson cop beaten before shooting
Robert Hansen, notorious Alaska serial killer, dead at 75
Boko Haram overruns Nigerian police academy
4 firefighters injured in 'Ice Bucket Challenge'
Alleged jihadist charged with killing 4 in Washington, N.J.
Trending News