WASHINGTON (AP) - A new report says the U.S. government was slow to take seriously the threat posed by homegrown radicals and has failed to put systems in place to deal with the growing phenomenon.
The report, compiled by the former heads of the Sept. 11 Commission, says U.S. authorities failed to realize that Somali-American youths traveling from Minnesota to Mogadishu in 2008 to join extremists was not an isolated issue. Instead, the movement was one among several instances of a broader, more diverse threat that has surfaced across the country.
According to the report, there's still no federal agency specifically charged with identifying radicalization or working to prevent terrorist recruitment of U.S. citizens and residents.
The report is slated to be released today by the Washington-based Bipartisan Policy Center's National Security Preparedness Group.