Until people accept the fact of radicalization of American youth, we can't effectively combat itAmericans self-radicalized, recruited May 25, 2011
The greatest threat to our security is a terrorist group like the Pakistan Taliban with a nuclear weaponThreats persist in al-Qaida power struggle May 25, 2011
Let me be clear that, you know, with every unauthorized disclosure of classified information it does harm to our national and homeland securityBush aide chides media for intel leaks Sep 27, 2006
I think it would be fair to say to you that there should be no question in anybody's mind that they continue to this day to obsess about killing mass amounts of Americans and mass amounts of our allies around the worldTownsend: Al-Qaida still focused on murder Sep 05, 2006
There was unprecedented cooperation and coordination between the U.S., (Britain) and Pakistani officials throughout the caseU.S., Britain differed on arrest timing Aug 12, 2006
Frances M. Fragos Townsend (born December 28, 1961, Mineola, New York) is the former Homeland Security Advisor to United States President George W. Bush and TV personality. Townsend was appointed to this position by President Bush on May 28, 2004. Her resignation was announced November 19, 2007. She chaired the Homeland Security Council and reported to the President on homeland security policy and counterterrorism policy. She previously served as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Combating Terrorism. She is now a CNN contributor.
Frances M. Fragos was born the daughter of a Greek American father who was a roofer and an Irish American mother who was an office manager for a construction company. Raised in Wantagh, Long Island, Townsend was the first in her family to finish high school. Her parents were determined that their only child should receive a college education, but could not afford to send her to school. Townsend saved money by accelerating her course load, waiting tables and working as a dormitory adviser. She graduated cum laude from the American University in 1982 where she received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Psychology. In 1984, she received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law, and in 1986, attended the Institute on International and Comparative Law in London, England. In 1994, she married lawyer John Townsend; the couple have two sons, ages 14 and 8 years old.
Townsend began her prosecutorial career in 1985, serving as an Assistant District Attorney in Brooklyn, New York. In 1988, she joined the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.