The Threat Within: Homegrown Terrorism


In the wake of the January 6 insurrection, probably the most serious threat to our constitutional government since the Civil War, leaders of the FBI and law enforcement authorities have repeatedly warned that the threat of domestic-grown terrorism is metastasizing. Are they overreacting to a momentary spasm of the body politic or does the danger to our democracy run deeper than previously acknowledged? The panel of experts address the question and discuss what the country can do to reinforce our democracy’s foundations.

Panelists include:

  • Director John Brennan, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency
  • Frank Figliuzzi, former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence; NBC News national security contributor
  • Rep. Elissa Slotkin, former acting assistant secretary of defense for International Security Affairs; U.S. congresswoman, (D) Michigan

Where to Watch

This program originally aired on Sunday, September 12, 2021 on CPTV and is now available to watch on-demand above.

It is also available for on-demand viewing at video.cptv.org; on YouTube; and on the free Connecticut Public mobile app. (Visit Google Play or the Apple App Store to download the app.)


Common Ground with Jane Whitney is distributed nationally by American Public Television (APT).


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