Front page headline in today's Chron: Al Qaeda Still Poses Threat.
Despite U.S. success in attacking al-Qaida's hierarchy, the terrorist network is still capable of "catastrophic attacks" against the United States, CIA Director George Tenet told the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday.
The U.S. assault on al-Qaida has "transformed the organization into a loose collection of regional networks working autonomously," Tenet said. The smaller groups "pick their own targets, they plan their own attacks," but they share an anti-American goal.
The most immediate threats include the possibility of "poison attacks" and al-Qaida's ongoing effort to produce anthrax material, he said.
"Extremists have widely disseminated assembly instructions for an improvised chemical weapon using common materials that could cause a large number of casualties in a crowded, enclosed area," Tenet said.
"We are still at war against a movement," he said, appearing with other administration officials to discuss global security threats. "People who say it's exaggerated don't look at the same world I look at. It's not going away anytime soon."
Funny how in every Bush administration, a crisis arises that can only be dealt with by amending the Constitution. Turned out that flag burning really wasn't such a grave danger, but that doesn't mean we can afford to let our guards down now. Maybe we can come to a compromise here that would also address this little bit of unfinished business that Poppy left us. I hereby propose an amendment to the Constitution that strictly forbids gay people from burning the flag. Who's with me?Posted by Charles Kuffner on February 25, 2004 to National news | TrackBack