03 February 2010

Panetta: New Terror on US Soil "Certain"

The nation’s top intelligence officials -including CIA Chief Leon Panetta- warned Congress yesterday terrorists are “certain” to attempt another attack on the U.S. within the coming months-
CIA Director Leon Panetta said the foremost risk was of another al Qaeda attack using recruits that have relatively low or “clean” profiles that are hard to detect.
“The biggest threat is not so much that we face an attack like 9/11,” said Panetta. “It is that al Qaeda is adapting its methods in ways that oftentimes make it difficult to detect.”
Panetta’s warning came at the Senate Intelligence Committee’s annual threat assessment hearing.
It was echoed by Blair, FBI Director Robert Mueller, acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research John Dinger, and the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess, Jr.
The warning came during the annual threat briefing to Congress in response to questions from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, California Democrat and the chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, who asked, “What is the likelihood of another terrorist-attempted attack on the U.S homeland in the next three to six months? High or low?”
“An attempted attack, the priority is certain, I would say,” said Director of National Intelligence Dennis C. Blair, a retired admiral.
Four other intelligence agency leaders who appeared at the hearing with Adm. Blair said they agreed with the assessment. …..
Adm. Blair outlined the major threats facing the United States in addition to a possible terrorist attack. They include:
– The threat of major attacks on U.S. computer networks and infrastructure.
– The increasingly dangerous Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan.
– Instability in nuclear-armed Pakistan.
– Iranian and North Korean missile and nuclear programs.
– China’s military buildup.
– Efforts by the anti-U.S. government of Venezuela to develop closer ties with Iran, China and Russia.
If there's any adversary that can sniff-out weakness faster than the Kremlin... that would be Al Qaida. And it's hard to imagine anyone intimidating them less than a pollyanna space-kadette like Barack Obama- his knee-jerk appeasement and lack of principle betrays only cowardice and fear...

More commentary at Lonely Conservative: "As if there isn't enough to worry about..." -here-

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