Napolitano: Counterterrorism Must Focus on Shipments of Everyday Chemicals

The world’s counterterrorism community has taken full aim at suspected terrorists and the tactics they may use, but global partners now need to expand their watch to everyday substances that can be used in weapons and the systems that move those substances around the world, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano warned Wednesday.

“The goal is … to keep tools out of the hands of terrorists,” Napolitano said, speaking to Fox News exclusively in a Brussels, Belgium, hotel room after six days in the Middle East. “It can be … chemicals used in the manufacture of bombs, but you’re also talking chemical, biological, potentially radiological (weapons). All the things that we need to be concerned about in today’s threat environment.”

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