Thursday, February 17, 2005

Al Qaeda sleeper cells

Islamic terrorists may be planning to use WMDs in the United States:

In his first public appearance since becoming CIA director in September, Porter J. Goss used the annual worldwide threat hearing to issue the prediction, while another federal official said the FBI knows little about al Qaeda sleeper cells such as the September 11 terrorists.

"It may be only a matter of time before al Qaeda or another group attempts to use chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons," Mr. Goss told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III testified that he is "very concerned" about the lack of data on a network of al Qaeda "sleeper" cells in the United States.

"Finding them is a top priority for the FBI, but it is also one of the most difficult challenges," he said.

"Because of al Qaeda's directed efforts this year to infiltrate covert operatives into the U.S., I am also very concerned with the growing body of sensitive reporting that continues to show al Qaeda's clear intention to obtain and ultimately use some form of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear or high-energy explosives material in its attacks against America," Mr. Mueller added.

This is particularly unfortunate when you realize that we have a President who is more interested in fighting a pointless war in Iraq and making it easier for illegal immigrants to settle in the United States than in defending this country from al Qaeda.

Around the Blogosphere:

Worry on Qaeda Infiltration From Mexico

This will only surprise President Bush

Intelligence Officials Cite Wide Terror Threats

U.S. Aides Cite Worry on Qaeda Infiltration From Mexico

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