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Alberto Gonzales: War on terrorism is not over
Posted: May 02, 2011 6:18 PM EDT
By Michael Slother
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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) –
Former U.S. Attorney General and Texas Tech visiting professor Alberto Gonzales calls bin Laden’s death a victory for our country, but he warns that the war on terror isn’t over and future enemies could be homegrown.
“I think the next terrorist attack is going to be conducted by someone who looks like you or me, speaks perfect English, is probably a citizen of the United States or has the capacity to move freely in the United States,” Gonzales said.
Osama bin Laden’s death cripples al-Qaeda, a sworn enemy of the U.S. and its allies, but Gonzales warns that with improved technology, extremists are able to bypass training in foreign countries.
“Americans here in this country can get on their computer, get training, learn about the tenets of al-Qaeda and radical Islam, so no it’s not surprising to me at all that we have the challenges of home-grown terrorists in this country,” he said.
He praised president Obama’s administration for continuing policies set by President George W. Bush, and he wants to see our leaders continue to fight terrorism both at home and abroad, particularly by securing our borders.
He also said he will always remember May 1, 2011 as the day the U.S. brought down it’s greatest threat.
“That’s what I saw last night. People were united, people were grateful, relieved. I think people had a sense that justice had been served. I think that’s a very important feeling for Americans, that justice be served.”