In the very city where the surviving Tsarnaev brother will stand trial for the murder of four and wounding hundreds in the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist attack, one of the more senior Obama Administration security officials is calling on American parents to monitor their children for signs of them becoming "confrontational" among other red flag warnings they are on the verge of becoming future terrorists, as reported by the right-of-center news portal The Daily Caller on April 19, 2014, and also by The Wall Street Journal on Jan. 25, 2013.
With the impressive title of Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, Boston native Lisa O. Monaco recently delivered a speech at her alma mater's Kennedy School of Government on the Harvard campus. Entitled "Countering Violent Extremism and the Power of Community" Monaco warned parents from South Boston to San Diego to monitor their children closely for fear they should embrace violent extremism as a future career choice.
In the event the Homeland Security honcho's words of warning caused undue angst into the hearts of her audience, she reassured the assembled that Barack Obama "has been laser-focused" on preventing "violent extremism" "by homegrown violent extremists" already here "in the United States." However, Monaco made it abundantly clear that the former community organizer required the help of "local communities" to keep a sharp eye opened for any individual displaying the "warning signs a person" is becoming "radicalized to violence."
Calling on parents, teachers and friends alike to monitor the acts, speech and behavior of those closest to them, Monaco advised:
For instance, parents might see sudden personality changes in their children at home becoming confrontational.
Teachers might hear a student expressing an interest in traveling to a conflict zone overseas, or friends might notice a new interest in watching or sharing violent material.
As per Monaco's testimony at her confirmation hearing before the US Senate in 2011, she apparently has never been married nor has any children of her own.
Curiously, despite the first anniversary of the terrorist bombing of the Boston Marathon having just been commemorated by the people of Massachusetts and the nation, coupled with the fact she was warning of possibly dangerous behavior by the nation's youth, Monaco failed to mention the names of now deceased Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev, 26, or that of his now 20-year-old brother Dzhokhar Anzorovich "Jahar" Tsarnaev.
Yet the presidential assistant was able to factor 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller into her speech. Reportedly a former member of the Ku Klux Klan, Miller was recently arrested in a shotgun shooting spree in suburban Kansas City at two different Jewish centers, killing three.