U.S. more prepared to face bioweapons, Napolitano says

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently said that she believes the United States is more prepared to face chemical or biological weaponry than it was two years ago.

Napolitano also said that there is still much work that needs to be done in order to make the United States safe from biological and chemical weapons. She referred to September 11, 2001 as a starting point for both the United States and terrorism, according to SacBee.com.

“The terrorist threat has evolved significantly,” Napolitano said, according to SacBee.com. “In some ways, the threat facing us is at its most heightened state since those attacks."

Michael E. Leiter, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said he was concerned with someone operating under the radar with both the determination and the means to strike.

“Perfection is no more possible in counterterrorism than it is in any other endeavor,” Leiter said, according to SacBee.com. He said that despite working tirelessly, it is impossible to guarantee safety.

Both Leiter and Napolitano testified before the House Homeland Security Committee. It was the first hearing since the Republicans took control. The new chairman, Peter King, plans to hold more hearings in the near future on the domestic radicalization of terrorists, despite concerns that they may unfairly target Muslim Americans.