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.
The assessment by Dennis C. Blair, the director of national intelligence, was much starker than his view last year, when he emphasized the considerable progress in the campaign to debilitate Al Qaeda and said that the global economic meltdown, rather than the prospect of a major terrorist attack, was the “primary near-term security concern of the United States.”
Citing a recent wave of terrorist plots, including the failed Dec. 25 attempt to blow up an airliner as it approached Detroit, Mr. Blair and other intelligence officials told a Senate panel that Al Qaeda had adjusted its tactics to more effectively strike American targets domestically and abroad.
“The biggest threat is not so much that we face an attack like 9/11,” said Leon E. Panetta, the C.I.A. director. “It is that Al Qaeda is adapting its methods in ways that oftentimes make it difficult to detect.”
IMHO: ISRAEL AND THE WEST ARE MERELY IN A LULL - THE QUIET BEFORE THE STORM.THIS PROVES ONCE AGAIN THAT MY INTUITION IS AT LEAST AS GOOD AS THE DNI AND CIA.
THE ENEMY HAS NOT SURRENDERED: THEY ARE PROBING AND LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR A MAJOR OFFENSIVE.
MY GUT TELLS ME: IN THE MIDDLE EAST AND HERE IN THE USA.
I DID IT LAST YEAR, TOO:
BIN LADEN'S LATEST MESSAGE PROBABLY SIGNALS ANOTHER BIG ATTACK IS LOOMING. (MORE HERE.)
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
JUST AS WE SUSPECTED AFTER THE BINLADEN TAPE WAS RELEASED AND BEFORE THE RAID: AL QAEDA PLANNING ANOTHER 9/11NYDN:Queens terror raids part of FBI probe into Denver-based cell plotting attack on 9/11 scale
- TAB WAS THE ONLY BLOG IN THE WHOLE BLOGSOPHERE TO POST OUR SUSPICION OUR HUNCH THAT THE RECENT BINLADEN TAPE WAS AN OMEN OF AN IMPENDING MEGA-ATTACK.
REGULAR READERS KNOW WE USUALLY ARE. OUR HUNCHES ARE VERY GOOD.
- WE WERE EVIDENTLY RIGHT.
I THINK AL QAEDA AND IRAN HAVE PLANNED A COORDINATED SERIES OF GLOBAL ATTACKS PLANNED FOR 2/11 - IN THE USA, EUROPE, ISRAEL, IRAQ, AND PAKISTAN, AND INDIA.
I THINK WE MIGHT BE ABLE TO STOP MANY OF THEM OR DELAY THEM ALL - IF WE GET LUCKY.
THEY MIGHT BE PLANNING TO BLOW UP SEVERAL JETS ON THEIR WAY TO THE USA OR ELSEWHERE; THOUGH THIS IS UNLIKELY IN VIEW OF THEIR RECENT FAILURES.
I THINK SEVERAL SIMULTANEOUS MUMBAI-STYLE ATTACKS ARE THE MOST LIKELY EVENT.
ROUND UP HERE.