February 05, 2008

Al Qaeda "Improving Ability to Attack U.S. Homeland"

Sobering words from Michael McConnell, director of national intelligence, to the Senate Intel Committee today. NY Times:

“Al-Qa’ida is improving the last key aspect of its ability to attack the U.S.: the identification, training, and positioning of operatives for an attack in the homeland,” he wrote in the 47-page document....

“I am increasingly concerned that as we inflict significant damage on al-Qa’ida in Iraq, it may shift resources to mounting more attacks outside of Iraq,” Mr. McConnell wrote, using an alternate transliteration of the group’s Arabic name.

But the report said that intelligence gleaned from documents captured in Iraq suggested that fewer than 100 of its militants had moved from Iraq to establish cells in other countries....

“For example, as government, private sector, and personal activities continue to move to networked operations and our digital systems add ever more capabilities, our vulnerability to penetration and other hostile cyber actions grows,” the report said.

Oddly, no mention of the possibility of homegrown terrorists attacking the homeland, or of European born Islamic terrorists using visa free entry to their advantage.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:44 PM | Comments |