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August 6, 2010

Country Reports on Terrorism 2009

Filed under: General Homeland Security — by Philip J. Palin on August 6, 2010

Yesterday afternoon the State Department released its annual terrorism report.  You can download html chapters or a full  PDF from: http://www.state.gov/s/ct/rls/crt/2009/index.htm

The first paragraph of the Strategic Assessment reads thusly:

In 2009, al-Qa’ida’s core in Pakistan remained the most formidable terrorist organization targeting the U.S. homeland. It has proven to be an adaptable and resilient terrorist group whose desire to attack the United States and U.S. interests abroad remains strong. The U.S. intelligence community assessed that al-Qa’ida was actively engaged in operational plotting against the United States and continued recruiting, training, and deploying operatives, including individuals from Western Europe and North America. Moreover, al-Qa’ida continued to try to expand its operational capabilities by partnering with other terrorist groups, with varying degrees of success.
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Comment by William R. Cumming

August 6, 2010 @ 10:51 am

Okay so is AQ a centralized or decentralized operation based on official reports? Did not US announce a few years back essentially AQ was decapitated? Is this the nervous system twitching like the beheaded farmyard chicken running headless?
Coherent analysis please! My vote is decentralized and the extracted comment is hogwash. But hey could be wrong since I don’t get the message traffic!

Comment by DAN OCONNOR

August 6, 2010 @ 1:33 pm

The Intelligence Community should be proud of its role in weakening al Qa’ida’s ability to plan, organize, finance, and carry out highly orchestrated attacks conducted by well trained teams, like those on 9/11. Al Qa’ida is diminished as evidenced by the fact they are sending inexperienced individuals without long association with al Qa’ida, but susceptible to jihadist ideology. Unfortunately, even unsophisticated terrorists can kill many Americans.”

Comment by DAN OCONNOR

August 6, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

Director of National Intelligence Admiral Dennis Blair
January, 2010

Comment by William R. Cumming

August 6, 2010 @ 4:49 pm

So why was the Admiral fired?

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