Secretary Napolitano gave a speech on Friday. According to Lolita Baldor with the Associated Press,
As terrorists increasingly recruit U.S. citizens, the government needs to constantly balance Americans’ civil rights and privacy with the need to keep people safe, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.
But finding that balance has become more complex as homegrown terrorists have used the Internet to reach out to extremists abroad for inspiration and training. Those contacts have spurred a recent rash of U.S.-based terror plots and incidents.
“The First Amendment protects radical opinions, but we need the legal tools to do things like monitor the recruitment of terrorists via the Internet,” Napolitano told a gathering of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.
The organization hosting the speech provides access to an audio and video recording of the Secretary’s remarks. Thank you.
I have been unable to find a transcript of the speech. April 19 is the last time a speech by the Secretary was uploaded to the DHS “speeches and statements” screen. The most recent post to the Blog@DHS is ten days old. There has not been a general press release since June 15.
As some of you have complained, I hate to complain. I suppose many staff have been redeployed to support public communications in the Gulf. But unlike that wonderful Washington figure Chance “I like to watch” Gardner, I much prefer to read. It takes less time and allows for more detailed consideration of what is offered.
Friday, on another topic, I argued for the importance of listening. When the Secretary of Homeland Security speaks on the topic of balancing security and liberty both she and we should exercise particular care. I could be more careful in listening if I could read what she said.