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Skip to comments.Threat Matrix: Daily Terror Threat - Thread Twenty-Three
Posted on 12/23/2004 10:30:10 PM PST by nwctwx
"State Dept. gets letter about planned inauguration attack."
Caption right now on Fox.
Not sure if this has already been posted, but here it is...
Attacks by Islamists projected to continue
By Bill Gertz
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
Radical Islamic terrorists will continue to attack the United States and the world in the coming two decades and are likely to obtain and use biological weapons, according to a new intelligence report made public yesterday.
The National Intelligence Council (NIC) report, based on more than 1,000 interviews with U.S. and foreign specialists, said extremist Muslims pose the greatest danger of terror attack because their "religious zeal" has pushed them to conduct mass casualty attacks.
"The most worrisome trend has been an intensified search by some terrorist groups to obtain weapons of mass destruction," the report said. "Our greatest concern is that these groups might acquire biological agents or less likely, a nuclear device, either of which could cause mass casualties."
The report, "Mapping the Global Future," projects future threats and trends to 2020, and concludes that globalization is creating a new era of world insecurity.
"Our starting point is that we are facing a more fluid and complicated set of international alignments than any we have seen since the creation of the Western alliance system in 1949," said Robert Hutchings, NIC chairman.
The NIC is a group of forecasting intelligence analysts under CIA Director Porter J. Goss. It is not formally part of the CIA.
Mr. Hutchings told reporters at CIA headquarters that the risk of global conflict among states is low, although Islamic terrorism and the rise of China pose new challenges for the future.
The main worry is that smaller and better informed terrorist groups will resort to the use of biological weapons, the report said.
"Indeed, the bioterrorist's laboratory could well be the size of a household kitchen, and the weapon built there could be smaller than a toaster," the report said. "Terrorist use of biological agents is therefore likely, and the range of options will grow."
The report said inability to rapidly detect anthrax, smallpox and other diseases could lead to a "nightmare scenario" of a terrorist biological attack that could be carried out before authorities recognize it.
Regarding al Qaeda, the report said the group headed by Osama bin Laden will change in the coming years.
"The core al Qaeda membership probably will continue to dwindle, but other groups inspired by al Qaeda, regionally based groups, and individuals labeled simply as jihadists united by a common hatred of moderate regimes and the West are likely to conduct terrorist attacks," the report said.
Al Qaeda members trained in Afghanistan in the 1990s will dissipate and "be replaced in part by the dispersion of the experienced survivors of the conflict in Iraq."
"We expect that by 2020 al Qaeda will have been superseded by similarly inspired but more diffuse Islamic extremist groups, all of which will oppose the spread of many aspects of globalization into traditional Islamic societies."
The report said Iraq and other wars in the future could provide recruitment and training grounds for a new class of "professionalized" terrorists "for whom political violence becomes an end in itself."
The key factors that inspired international terrorism "show no signs of abating over the next 15 years," the report stated.
Terrorists will continue to use car bombs as "asymmetric weapons" but extremists also are expected to step up their use of higher-technology weapons, including advanced explosives and unmanned aerial vehicles.
As for targets, the report stated that the United States and its interests abroad will remain "prime terrorist targets," with other terrorist attacks aimed at Middle Eastern regimes and against Western Europe.
Thanks for the cross post tmp02. You beat me to it. LOL!
....and just when I was thinking it's a slow news day....
"Transcript of Press Conference with Secretary of Homeland Security Tom Ridge Regarding 2005 Inauguration Security"
January 11, 2005
"Fact Sheet: DHS Provides Security for Presidential Inaugural 2005"
Hi Cindy. How are you?
I'm happy the sun is out.
Overall, reallly fine.
Thanks for asking AD.
Giggling...gotta get my coffee going to improve my mood.
Coffee always works for me. And the sun should help improve your mood.
It was a nasty morning (weather wise), still cloudy and getting cold now.
Thanks. It takes some one like you with a long history of monitoring those sites to pick out the unusual. I agree with your views on numerology. I would become more concerned if attack talk increases over the next several days.
Is it spring yet? (smiling...)
January 14, 2005, 9:24 a.m.
"Terrorism as an Excuse
Another CBS campaign"
By John R. Lott Jr.
Indianapolis Power incidnet update
...Fire investigators and IPL officials said today that an unusual confluence of factors resulted in the large amount of damage to the Bookland store, 137 W. Market St....
I believe many here are as frustrated as we are Indie. Little by little I'm beginning to see the feds are noticing that Al Qaeda members are using the Mexican border as an open door. Will they act quickly enough to prevent us from another major disaster? It's anyones guess! Another post here today references sweeps of illegals in a couple of locations. That's a very good start -- now hopefully they will expand it and sew up those borders or set up vast sting operations to capture and identify those entering before they are very very sternly warned not to attempt illegal entry again and returned to from whence they came.
Airtime now, their own show later? PC behavior dictates you know!
Still following TM- have not had a chance to post, but print out and read late at night. Keep up the good work, folks!
Thanks for the updates Peach. Glad you and yours are alright.
By Richard Edwards, Evening Standard 14 January 2005 Terrorists could target London with a Bali-style nightclub bombing, it is revealed today.
Senior officers at Scotland Yard say the threat is so significant they have set up intelligence teams at one popular venue. They believe West End theatres and cinemas could also be targeted by al Qaeda. Chief Superintendent Bill Tillbrook and Superintendent Chris Bradford, who head the crime and vice unit, admitted there was "grave concern of a terrorist atrocity". Mr Bradford said:
"We are terrified, really concerned that one of these locations could be targeted. "If you have 2,000 'decadent' western youngsters in a dance club on a Saturday night, drinking, drugs and sex are all in there. If some sort of organisation wants to target a location, what better place to put a bomb?" More than 200 people, including 26 Britons, died in the 2002 Bali bombing.......
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