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What It’s About: Are we really any safer with the death of Osama bin Laden? Fox News’ chief intelligence correspondent, Catherine Herridge, the first reporter to investigate al-Qaeda 2.0 and the new generation of American recruits, will answer that question. She will talk about how she exposed the rising threat of homegrown terrorism, how social networking is the lifeblood of the digital jihadist, and the profound influence of the first American on the CIA's kill or capture list, Anwar al-Awlaki. As a result of her findings, the House Homeland Security Committee has now opened an official probe into the American cleric and whether he was an overlooked key player in the 9/11 plot. 

Since January 2009, there has been a case of homegrown terrorism -- on average -- every two to three weeks. Born in the U.S., raised here and plotting here, its perpetrators may be the result of a generational divide. A decade ago, the US intelligence community believed recruits needed to be mentored via one-on-one contact before they were willing to die. But now, those who grow up with social networking appear to be able to cross the threshold to violence in a virtual way.

Presenter: One of the country's top national security correspondents, Catherine comes from a military family, so her national security reporting is deeply personal. A graduate of Harvard College and the Columbia School of Journalism, she began her career as a London-based correspondent for ABC News. She has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Qatar, Israel, the former Yugoslavia, Northern Ireland, Guantánamo Bay, and New York City on 9/11. She is one of the few reporters to sit in the same military courtroom as the self-described architect of the 9/11 attack, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, and his four alleged co-conspirators. Her family made national headlines in 2005 when Catherine, the mother of two young children, donated part of her liver to their youngest son, Peter, for a lifesaving transplant. She attributes a fearlessness in her reporting to that experience.

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