Al-Qaida likely to attempt attack in 3 to 6 months
At 2/02/10 hearing top intelligence officials
described it as "certain" that al-Qaeda or its allies will try to attack
the United States in the next six months.
The director of national intelligence Dennis Blair was
asked to assess the possibility of an attempted attack in the United
States in the next three to six months.
He replied, “The priority is certain, I would say” — a
response that was reaffirmed by the top officials of the C.I.A. and the
F.B.I. Blair and other intelligence officials told a Senate panel that
Al Qaeda had adjusted its tactics to more effectively strike American
“The biggest threat is not so much that we face an
attack like 9/11,” said the C.I.A. director Leon Panetta.
He added that Al Qaeda is adapting its methods in ways
that oftentimes make it difficult to detect.
The terrorist organization is deploying operatives to
the United States to carry out new attacks from inside the country,
including "clean" recruits with a negligible trail of terrorist
contacts, CIA Director Leon Panetta said.
As al-Qaida presses new terror plots, it is
increasingly relying on new recruits with minimal training and simple
devices to carry out attacks.