US terror threat highest since 9/11

2011-02-09 21:35

Washington - US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Wednesday warned that the threat of terrorism against the United States was in some aspects "at its most heightened state" since the September 11 2001 attacks.

In addition to the threats by al-Qaeda, the militant group behind the attacks nearly a decade ago, Napolitano said the country faces new threats from those inspired by the group and those already inside the United States.

"The terrorist threat facing our country has evolved significantly in the last ten years - and continues to evolve - so that, in some ways, the threat facing us is at its most heightened state since those attacks," Napolitano said in testimony to the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee.

She also said that US officials believed there may be individuals who want to carry out attacks already in the country and that "they could carry out acts of violence with little or no warning".

Individuals associated with al-Qaeda and the Taliban have tried to carry out several attacks against the United States, including by a Nigerian man who allegedly tried to blow up a US airliner with a bomb hidden in his underwear and another individual who plotted to attack the New York subway system.

"As I have said before, we cannot guarantee that there will never be another terrorist attack, and we cannot seal our country under a glass dome," Napolitano said in her prepared testimony.

"However, we continue to do everything we can to reduce the risk of terrorism in our Nation."

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-02-10 08:34

    The US wil be attcked from within. There are muslims working in all aspects of american life. Already a muslim fanatic working for the US army has attacked and killed US army personel on a US base. How long before a situation arises where muslim working in air cargo allow a bomb to be smuggled on board a plane or muslim in a hospital pl;ant a bomb. What about muslim teachers in schools or universities? But to be politically correct the liberals will say nothing and when this happens they will try and sweep it under the carpet and tell the citezens not to be alarmed and it is an isolated case. How many muslim have turned in there fellow muslim for the fundamentalist beliefs?

      Cynical_BStd - 2011-02-10 09:07

      Muslims are a small threat - the biggest threat is Gangs such as the MS13 who have more than 40000 members and take over entire neigbourhoods. There are 2.5 million muslims in America and you will radicals in such a large population but you wont see 2.5 million people blowing things. BTW it is America who is blowing up the rest of the world. Their aggression is all about oil and resources and justifying their military spend look at their econmony, as soon as they end their aggression peace will prevail.

      LBS - 2011-02-10 16:21

      Instead of using the word "Muslim" all the time, why don't you rather say "terrorists". ALL Muslims are not Terrorists. Be fair.

  • Cynical_BStd - 2011-02-10 08:35

    Americans are Warmongering Dumbasses they are a police state who dont give their own people liberties - The world is laughing at them Economically

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