Napolitano: US terror threat highest since 9/11

The threat of terrorism against the US homeland is in some aspects "at its most heightened state" since the 9/11 attacks, US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has told members of Congress.

The US faced new threats by groups already inside the country, inspired by al-Qaeda, she said.

At least 63 US citizens have been charged or convicted of terrorist acts or related crimes since 2009, whilst home-grown plots have reached their highest level since 11 September 2001, according to the National Counterterrorism Centre.

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