Homeland chief: Homegrown attacks an increasing threat

WASHINGTON (AP) – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says terrorist threats have evolved. He says they include individuals living in the U.S. who are “self-radicalized” to attack their own country.

Johnson told a Senate committee on Tuesday that some U.S. residents and citizens are inspired by terrorist propaganda on the internet. Johnson says some attacks are “terrorist-enabled,” in which established groups provide general guidance, such as potential targets, often in online conversations with terrorists overseas.

Johnson says another category of attacks is “terrorist-validated,” which a terror group such as the so-called Islamic State claims responsibility for an attack after the fact.

Johnson and other officials are testifying before the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee on security threats 15 years after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington.

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