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U.S. may be numb to terror threats as real evil lurks

(NYDailyNews.com) To Americans who have grown skeptical of terrorism warnings, the professionals in the intelligence community say they understand. They also say this time, it could be for real. That’s because the level of worldwide jihadist activity this year appears disturbingly familiar to those who hunted Al Qaeda even before the 9/11 attacks. “What you’ve been seeing has had a feeling, to me, a lot like the summer of 2001, where you’ve got a lot of things happening,” a senior U.S. intelligence official said on Friday. “It would not surprise me at all to see another terrorist event this summer in the United States,” the official told the Daily News. Yet many Americans have grown deeply distrustful of such doomsday scenarios which rarely materialize. President Bush has seeded much of this confusion – as he did last week amid reports of Al Qaeda’s rebirth – when he simultaneously called Osama Bin Laden a “serious threat” and boasted that the U.S. has hurt his ability to strike the homeland. Add to that several recent arrests of homegrown terrorists in the U.S. hatching sketchy plots hyped by government officials as “the real deal” with “unimaginable” consequences, and the terror-fatigued public’s skepticism may be near a peak. “This society has been so misled it no longer trusts itself,” said Karen Greenberg, director of New York University’s Center on Law and Security. Greenberg said Bush often “overestimates” the threat to the homeland, which makes the public think the government is crying wolf even when the threat is real. “It’s the perfect situation for Al Qaeda, isn’t it?” said Michael Scheuer, who led the CIA’s Bin Laden hunt in the 1990s. Both experts agreed that the threat – particularly in Britain – has grown tremendously in the past year. Like other terror hunters interviewed recently, a senior U.S. intelligence official with decades of experience agreed with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff’s recent “gut feeling” that America faces the highest risk of attack in years. But it’s not because any specific or credible plot has been intercepted or because Al Qaeda “chatter” is off the charts. “It’s kind of hard to put your finger on it,” admitted the official, who asked not to be named. “It’s coming from a lot of different directions, and then all of a sudden you see what happened in the U.K.” This month, Islamists tried to detonate firebombs there. Is Bin Laden himself giving counterterror agents the jitters? The answer is yes – sort of. “We have captured or killed numerous senior Al Qaeda operatives, but we also have seen that Al Qaeda’s core elements are resilient,” Thomas Fingar, the intelligence community’s top analyst, told Congress last week. He said Al Qaeda still aims to kill Americans in great numbers. Al Qaeda has long had a safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border. A leaked report last week said Al Qaeda is now the strongest it’s been since 2001. But a bigger threat than Bin Laden may come from “franchise” Islamic groups, who can sneak into the U.S. through Europe. Bin Laden also may have urged these followers to act now. “I’ve seen so much smoke out there that I feel there is some external pressure on all these splinter groups to do something,” the senior intelligence official said.

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July 17, 2007 - Posted by | Blogroll, news, personal, politics, random, religion, Terrorism, Terrorism In The U.S., Terrorism News, Uncategorized, War-On-Terror

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