Cue John Edwards insisting that the war on terror is just a bumper sticker slogan. From the Associated Press:
Among the key findings of the classified estimate, which is still in draft form and must be approved by all 16 U.S. spy agencies:
–The U.S. will face “a persistent and evolving terrorist threat” within its borders over the next three years. The main danger comes from Islamic terrorist groups, especially al-Qaida, and is “driven by the undiminished intent to attack the homeland and a continued effort by terrorist groups to adapt and improve their capabilities.”
–Al-Qaida is probably still pursuing chemical, biological or nuclear weapons and would use them if its operatives developed sufficient capability.
–The terror group has been able to restore three of the four key tools it would need to launch an attack on U.S. soil: a safe haven in Pakistan’s tribal areas, operational lieutenants and senior leaders. It could not immediately be learned what the missing fourth element is.
–The group will bolster its efforts to position operatives inside U.S. borders. In public statements, U.S. officials have expressed concern about the ease with which people can enter the United States through Europe because of a program that allows most Europeans to enter without visas.
The document also discusses increasing concern about individuals already inside the United States who are adopting an extremist brand of Islam.
On a positive note, analysts concluded that increased international efforts over the past five years “have constrained the ability of al- Qaida to attack the U.S. homeland again and have led terrorist groups to perceive the homeland as a harder target to strike than on 9/11.”
Senator Barbara Boxer, the ignorant bat that she is, still wants impeachment “on the table” because of the terrorist surveillance program, insisting that it was really used to spy on Americans without a warrant. Rather it was used to listen in on terrorists overseas and in the US who were plotting to attack us. Of course, it never occurs to her that programs such as that are the very reason why al Qaeda views America as too difficult a target and has not been able to strike us since 9/11. What’s particularly frustrating is that the Democrats get the full benefit of Bush’s success. Because we haven’t been hit since 9/11, the American people have returned to a state of complacency and believe the Democrats’ lies that terrorism isn’t that big of a deal and that Bush is too fanatical.