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Well it's -- two months since seal team six stormed a Pakistani compound and killed Osama bin Laden.
So why are we still fighting a war on terror on four fronts.
When do we say mission accomplished joining me now Catherine Herridge Fox News American Homeland Security correspondent -- author of the next wave.
On the hunt for al-Qaeda is American recruits -- and welcome to show great to have you here in great book.
Thank you very much thanks for having me and to you know it's really seem to me Jerry is that a cut is really not like a fortune 500 company anymore with the line -- the CEO.
What we see over the last decade is that it's really splintered and morphed and has more -- franchise operations like what we see in Yemen and Somalia.
And then what I would call these individual operators -- the homegrown component.
And what I document in the book is that we've had a case of homegrown terrorism.
With some kind of a link to an international terrorist group every two to three weeks since January 2000 -- of the cases unfortunately.
Are there today -- as they were a decade ago.
So -- what you mean really be worried about here.
Well I think what we have what we're seeing emerge now is something I called the digital to hottest in the person who's at the center of that.
Is this clear -- was born in New Mexico and who's now hiding in Yemen.
And more all of -- -- he's -- first American on the CIA's kill or capture list.
And his group was behind the last two major plots against the United States and -- a guy who uses all of our technology against us whether he's.
Emailing or blogging or Skype being or YouTube videos.
I he's kind of fight that FaceBook friend from hell and the picture you have right there is actually from when he lived in the United States from 1997.
He -- very double life here he was picked up several times for soliciting prostitutes and from ordering -- to school in San Diego so.
He's -- these guys on the one hand to presents himself as a holy man trying to recruit for the 'cause then on the other hand.
I he lives.
Really questionable like here in the United States interest saying well I wanna read you quote from inspire magazine.
The strategy of attacking -- an enemy -- smaller but more frequent operations as what some may refer to as the strategy of a thousand cuts.
The aim is to believe the enemy to death is that what these folks one due to us.
Well I think what's pretty clear over the last six months is that al-Qaeda in Yemen which is this group where we -- American and is really the most active component.
About -- at a rate now.
They want to hit the US economy and they want to hemorrhage the US economy and one of the ways they tried to do that.
Was last fall you remember they took those cargo jets and they wanted to explode them over the eastern seaboard of the United -- What they wrote inspire magazine which is their online magazine for western recruits is about operation only cost them about 5000 dollars but you know better than most.
But that operation it really crippled cargo traffic in an -- the United States.
And also in the Middle East so -- goal is not only.
To inflict high number of casualties against the United States which is becoming harder and harder for them to do what they want to do is they want to hit the US economy.
And forced us to spend a lot of money.
On security -- one could argue they've been fairly successful in doing that so far.
Well 5000 dollars in small investments -- that's yeah.
The talked about the style of the book is it's written it is is sort of an action adventure style why did you make that choice and also why -- you write the book in the first place.
Well I you know the book really began with a simple question with from my underwriters at The Fox Report -- after fourth worries that to me.
-- why is it that Americans -- -- old enough to remember 9/11 and the collapse of the Twin Towers.
And the destruction -- the Pentagon -- incidents of paint Pennsylvania.
-- are now a decade later turning their backs on their own country and what I found in my reporting is almost all roads lead back to that cleared and why are all lucky.
And I wrote -- the way that I did kind of an action adventure I take the reader along for the ride on the investigation.
You know we sit in the courtroom at Guantanamo Bay at Fort Hood.
And they sit in on the inner his -- I want to read a book.
That would appeal to almost any American that they could pick up and educate themselves -- didn't -- -- book.
To impress people inside the beltway I just one it's something that was easy and accessible.
And hopefully will be kinda fun to read in the process well I think you achieve your goals there with a book thank you tell me -- would be your hope the outcome of this book the influence some might have in Washington what would you like to see happen.
Well I think that if presence of my reporter's -- -- for just a moment I continues to be a real policy discussion in this country.
How perfect security is just not possible.
And what we're probably gonna see in the future and what the book lays out.
Is that a series of smaller scale attacks may be along the lines of Fort Hood.
-- like that cargo printer bomb plot last year I'm not minimizing the loss of life that we -- may not see something.
On the scale of 9/11 and people need to understand that maybe that's the price that we have to pay because we don't -- -- fundamentally change the way that we live in our freedom so radically.
That we are gonna prevent everything and I -- that increasingly from US intelligence community importance of trying to have that.
Debate and it's going to be a difficult one to have but with Americans front and center now.
I think we're gonna have to have it -- probably rather than later well fascinating read Catherine thanks for coming on -- telling happy about it great to have you here.
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