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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Officials Worry Of Summer Terror Attack

Chertoff 'Gut Feeling': Worry of Summer Terror Attack...
WASHINGTON - U.S. counterterror officials are warning of an increased risk of an attack this summer, given al-Qaida's apparent interest in summertime strikes and increased al-Qaida training in the Afghan-Pakistani border region.

On Tuesday, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the editorial board of The Chicago Tribune that he had a "gut feeling" about a new period of increased risk.

He based his assessment on earlier patterns of terrorists in Europe and intelligence he would not disclose.

"Summertime seems to be appealing to them," Chertoff said in his discussion with the newspaper about terrorists. "We worry that they are rebuilding their activities."

This worries me. More often than not, Chertoff downplays any reported threat. This seems too much like he's trying to hint at something he knows is coming and doesn't feel confident of stopping.

UPDATE: And then there's this...

Al Qaeda Cell In The U.S. Or On Its Way, According to New Intel

Senior U.S. intelligence officials tell ABC News, new intelligence suggests a small al Qaeda cell is on its way to the United States, or may already be here.

The White House has convened an urgent multi-agency meeting for Thursday afternoon to deal with the new threat.

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