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Napolitano: Terror Threat Highest Since 9/11 (translation: pick it up a notch, Walmart shoppers!)

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By Doug Powers  •  February 9, 2011 04:18 PM

**Written by Doug Powers

Time for a strongly worded letter to customers at Walmart, because it doesn’t sound as if they’re being nearly vigilant enough:

Radicalized U.S. residents willing to carry out attacks with “little or no warning” have helped create one of the biggest terrorist threats in years, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said today.

“The terrorist threat to the homeland is in many ways at its most heightened state since 9/11,” she said in prepared testimony for a hearing of the House Homeland Security Committee in Washington.

Al-Qaeda affiliates and allies increasingly are trying to recruit Westerners or those with ties to the U.S. and Europe, Napolitano said. The recruits include Pakistani immigrant Faisal Shahzad, who tried to set off a bomb in New York’s Times Square in May, she said.

Wasn’t everybody supposed to love America by now? And no, I’m not going to make a cheap crack about James Clapper being unaware of the Times Square bomb attempt last year — he was briefed about it over a week ago.

On the lighter side of this subject, when it comes to satire that’s often too close to the mark for comfort, you can always count on The Onion:

WASHINGTON—Following Monday’s deadly terrorist attack on a Carnival Cruise Line ship, U.S. officials have had difficulty issuing a stern condemnation of the incident, saying that while any act of terrorism is inexcusable, they couldn’t completely blame al-Qaeda for wanting to blow up what is essentially a giant, floating symbol of everything that is truly god-awful about America.

The ship, a 15-deck, $740 million vessel that slowly traveled up and down the Atlantic Ocean while its passengers continuously ate and drank—referred to by Carnival as a “fun ship”—was destroyed in an act U.S. authorities have said is “not completely senseless” and “actually makes a pretty solid point about American excess run amuck.”

**Written by Doug Powers

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