Skip to comments.DIA Chief: Terrorists, Their Ideology Are 'Exponentially Growing'
Posted on 07/29/2014 9:13:43 PM PDT by Mozilla
President Barack Obama repeatedly asserted during the 2012 campaign that al-Qaida had been "decimated" and was "on the run," but according to remarks made by a senior intelligence official, "it's exponentially growing."
"It's not on the run, and that ideology is actually ... sadly, it feels like it's exponentially growing," Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn said Saturday at the Aspen Institute's Security Forum.
Flynn said the current terrorist threat is not coming from a collection of lone actors, but from a well-financed and cohesive group that is effective at exploiting young jihadists.
"These organizations that are out there that are well-organized, they are well-funded, they reach into these young people and they pull them in," Flynn said. "And there seems to be more and more of them today than there were when I first started this thing in post 9/11."
Flynn has served as the assistant director of national intelligence for partner engagement; the top intelligence officer in Iraq and Afghanistan; and the director of intelligence for the Joint Special Operations Command.
In August 2013, Obama was challenged during a press conference about his contention that core al-Qaida had been decimated.
"So it's entirely consistent to say that this tightly organized and relatively centralized al-Qaida that attacked us on 9/11 has been broken apart and is very weak and does not have a lot of operational capacity, and to say we still have these regional organizations like AQAP [al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula] that can pose a threat, that can drive potentially a truck bomb into an embassy wall and can kill some people," Obama said.
Flynn took issue with use of the term "core al-Qaida" when differentiating between current threats and those that existed in the period immediately after 9/11.
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Active Duty ping.
It thrives on weakness and indecision.
Didn’t the DHS last week declare that the predominant terrorist to look out for in the US is now a homegrown Caucasian male 20 to 30 years old. How convenient.
I mean, well, there is a whole body of scholarship on the issue, if you allowed your analysts to write REAL competitive analysis.
The universalism of Islam, in its all-embracing creed, is imposed on the be- lievers as a continuous process of warfare, psychological and political, if not strictly military. . . . The Jihad, accordingly, may be stated as a doctrine of a permanent state of war, not continuous fighting. - Majid Khadduri; The Quranic Concept of War - Joseph C. Myers
“Religion of peace” TREASON ALERT!