When the White House announced that there was no evidence of any specific credible threats connected to ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of 9/11 I wondered if: the intelligence community was keeping the White House out of the loop; the White House was delusional; the White House was deliberately downplaying the threat as a part of some psy-op.
Lately all sorts of experts have been trying to convince the public that the West had nearly won the GWoT: al Qaeda was running out of money...the leadership of al Qaeda was decimated...al Qaeda was unable to orchestrate a major attack etc. etc. This is the kind of hubris that precedes a great defeat. Let us not forget that there are millions of potential operatives ready to commit islamic terror - and hundreds of organisations ready to facilitate it. The looming threat of terror is real, it is constant - and even if it is not imminent - it is certainly not waning. Instead of celebrating the many tactical surceases being scored by the West in Afghanistan and parts of Pakistan should we not focus on the huge strategic defeat the West is suffering through much of the arab world as al Qaeda, the Muslim Brotherhood et al are in the process of seizing control of the "arab spring"?
I am afraid many of us in the West are naive enough not to believe that there are many governments in the Caliphate that are still actively working their back channels and scheming ways to seriously weaken or destroy the United States.
As 9/11 nears we are now informed that a credible specific threat of terror is in fact imminent. Why should we be surprised? There could be scores of sleeper cells that were set in place years ago that need no assistance from any terror hierarchy. As well as hundreds of potential lone wolves... And countries like Iran could be providing materiel and financial assistance to many of them.
The latest reports of 3 operatives who left Afghanistan and traveled thru Iran before coming to the United States raises my fear of a dirty bomb attack. If our readers remember in the wake of 9/11 there were many major power outages in Europe and America. It is my theory that sections of the Electrical Network are taken down to enable intelligence agencies to use satellites to detect and track concentrations of nuclear materiel. If this is true, then perhaps yesterdays outage in the Southwest shows that they are searching for a dirtybomb in that area.
A major attack on New York could disrupt Palestinian plans for brinkmanship at the UN. While an attack on Wall Street or Washington DC is always possible I fear the goal of the terrorists - to strike at the economic foundations of the United States - will lead to a very creative attack - on the strategic oil reserves? big refineries? silicon valley?
The people entrusted with the maintaining security do not face an easy task. I pray G-d will bless them and curse the evildoers with failure.