USAs justisminister Eric Holder sier han ligger våken om natten og tenker på neste angrep. En ny faktor har forandret situasjonen: Av 126 tiltalte de siste to år er 50 muslimer.
«What I am trying to do in this interview is to make people aware of the fact that the threat is real, the threat is different, the threat is constant,» Holder told ABC’s Pierre Thomas, in an interview that aired Tuesday morning.
«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 added.
The attorney general said that of 126 people who have been charged with allegations related to terrorism in the past 24 months, 50 had been American citizens.
«It is one of the things that keeps me up at night,» Holder said. «You didn’t worry about this even two years ago — about individuals, about Americans, to the extent that we now do. And — that is of — of great concern.»
Holder noted that while he was confident in the United States’ counter-terrorism efforts, Americans «have to be prepared for potentially bad news.»
«The terrorists only have to be successful once,» he said.
Holder pointed to Anwar Al Awlaki, a radical Islamic cleric and dual U.S.-Yemeni citizen, as so dangerous as to be considered among the ranks of Osama bin Laden.
«He would be on the same list with bin Laden,» Holder said of Al Awlaki. «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.»
As a U.S. citizen, Holder said, Awlaki possesses a degree of familiarity with American culture that most foreign terrorists lack. And he has been a common link, Holder says, among many American-bred converts to al Qaeda-tied groups.
«He’s an extremely dangerous man,» Holder said. «He has shown a desire to harm the United States, a desire to strike the homeland of the United States… He is a person who — as an American citizen — is familiar with this country and he brings a dimension, because of that American familiarity, that others do not.»