The Libyan National Transitional Council is reporting that Muammar Gaddafi has been captured or killed in his hometown of Sirt. These reports have not yet been confirmed by U.S. officials, who are awaiting final word.
If it is true, then 2011, which will probably be remembered more for global economic upheaval, has been a bad year for terrorists and dictators. Among the terrorists killed this year – Osama Bin Laden, Anwar al-Awlaki, Abu Hafs al Shahri, and Atiyah Abd al-Rahman.
In addition to the above, there has been regime change in Tunisia and Egypt.
These changes could potentially make the U.S. more complacent in its homeland security efforts or, hopefully, more diligent as the removal of leaders and structures in terrorists network means that the U.S. may be more in danger from lone wolf attacks or rogue cells, both of which are challenging from an intelligence standpoint.