|"Liberty Upended" - Anthony Freda|
The Huffington Post is reporting that the White House is set to release their new counterterrorism strategy on the White House website. In a press conference Tuesday, deputy national security advisor for Homeland Security and counterterrorism, John Brennan, outlined some of the details:
'This is the first counterterrorism strategy that focuses on the ability of al Qaeda and its network to inspire people in the United States to attack us from within,' he said in a speech at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies. 'Indeed, this is the first counterterrorism strategy that designates the homeland as a primary area of emphasis in our counterterrorism efforts.'These statements alone seem to indicate that Americans can expect more domestic surveillance, warrantless wiretapping, citizen spy programs and other guilty-until-proven innocent violations of their rights. In a chest-thumping admission, Brennan said they'll use a "relentless campaign that harnesses every element of American power" to fight the war on terror.
In other words, it seems the full power of the American war machine will be turned inward to monitor and respond to Al Qaeda's "affiliates and its adherents" on American soil.