Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Summer Terrorists Attacks?

I'm not really going to write an opinion on Director of National Intelligence Agency Dennis Blair's statement that he's certain the U.S.A. will be attacked by terrorist this summer because I only recently saw my first story on the topic. However, I feel that I've heard whispers of threats in the media before his announcement.

In addition, I have some reservations about reporting such news stories. Could it be by entertaining such talk too much, which is very negative, that we draw these events to us? However, all the positive thinking in the world would not mean we don't prepare because should we be attacked and it comes out later that intelligence personnel had warnings but did nothing ... well, we remember what was said about the 911 attacks.

Anyway, the New York Times reports:
WASHINGTON — America’s top intelligence official told lawmakers on Tuesday that he was “highly certain” that Al Qaeda or one of its affiliates would attempt a large-scale attack on American soil within the next six months. (NYT)
The Wall Street Journal says:
WASHINGTON—The U.S.'s top intelligence officials said Tuesday that an attempted al Qaeda attack on the U.S. in the next three to six months was "certain."

An official also said the Nigerian who allegedly attempted to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day was again cooperating with federal investigators. Republicans have accused the administration of squandering a chance to gain valuable intelligence from the suspect by using the civilian court system to charge him, instead of declaring him an enemy combatant and subjecting him to more interrogation. (WSJ)
The Washington Post and other news sources also report the news. Reading comments on the story like those at CNN gives insight into at least what some ordinary people may think.

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