Chertoff: Web is terrorist breeding ground

Terrorists don't need training camps when they have the Web, DHS chief says.

The Internet has been designated a viable threat to homeland security by the federal government, and the Dept. of Homeland Security is planning to deploy agents to seek out the disaffected who've been busily radicalizing themselves on the Web, reports Wired News.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Monday that the Internet allows radicals to develop potentially violent skills that may pose a dangerous threat to society. "We now have a capability of someone to radicalize themselves over the Internet," Chertoff said on the sidelines of a meeting of International Association of the Chiefs of Police.

"They can train themselves over the Internet. They never have to necessarily go to the training camp or speak with anybody else and that diffusion of a combination of hatred and technical skills in things like bomb-making is a dangerous combination," Chertoff said. "Those are the kind of terrorists that we may not be able to detect with spies and satellites."

In an effort to combat these domestic radicals, Chertoff said Homeland Security is going to deploy 20 field agents into "intelligence fusion centers," where they would work with local police agencies.