'Terrorism' Downplayed at Homeland Hearing

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U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before Congress Wednesday for the first time.

Some of the topics she discussed included border and port security and preparing for natural disasters. But it is what she did not mention that's getting the most attention.

Every Homeland Security secretary since 9/11 has discussed the War on Terror, until now.

Napolitano never mentioned the word "terrorism" in Wednesday hearing, which dealt with urgent threats to America's security.

Click play for more analysis from CBN News' Erick Stakelbeck and Gary Lane.

No Surprise

The ommission came as no surprise. The Obama administration has downplayed the terrorism threat thus far, and has even abandoned the term "War on Terror" -- which was commonly used under President Bush.

Napolitano did address some terror-related concerns however, including port security.

"Having identity about those who are getting into secure areas in our ports, I believe is a very important part of homeland security, and securing our country," she said.

Napolitano also spoke about unifying the department to share a common mission. She wants to focus on transportation security, guarding chemical plants and detecting weapons of mass destruction.

One security expert pointed out that while Napolitano may not have mentioned terrorism, all of those initiatives deal with terrorism in one way or the other.

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Erick Stakelbeck

Erick Stakelbeck

CBN News Terror Analyst

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