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Is threat of home-grown US terror suspects overblown?

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Chantal Valery
AFP
December 6, 2011

WASHINGTON — The threat of home-grown terror attacks remains a top US concern a decade after 9/11 amid a series of recent arrests, but some experts believe the problem is being over-blown.

Washington has made it a priority to track down “lone wolf” terror suspects who act alone without links or support from a wider group, such as the Al-Qaeda militant group which carried out the September 11, 2001 attacks in which almost 3,000 people were killed on US soil.

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Michael German, a former FBI counterterrorism agent who handles national security issues at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), said the “lone wolf” threat may have been overstated.

“The numbers remain relatively small,” said German, author of the book “Thinking Like a Terrorist.”

“It’s not a non-existent problem, but certainly not something new and growing,” German told AFP.

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