Tuesday, February 2, 2010

This should have been the Republican response


Our fear lobby is just as committed to ratcheting up the level of fear as they were under President Bush. They're just more committed under Obama.

Another attempted terrorist attack on the United States in coming months is "certain," the heads of major U.S intelligence agencies told a Senate committee Tuesday.

Isn't an election coming up? Reminds me of this.

Al Qaeda remains the top security threat to the United States, but a growing cyber-security threat also must be addressed by the U.S. intelligence community, the heads of the CIA, the FBI and other agencies told the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Terrorism via keyboard! How convenient. We expand the definition of terrorism to computer hackers!

The hearing covered a range of security issues and became contentious, with Republicans on the committee arguing with Democratic counterparts and the intelligence chiefs on how the Obama administration has handled terrorism suspects such as the failed Christmas Day bomber of a U.S. airliner.

The Republicans politicising terror? That's their shtick.

Asked by committee chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, of the likelihood of another attempted terror attack on the United States in the next three to six months, the officials agreed with Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair's initial answer of "certain."

Yes the terror is certain. How about we disband our Homeland Security Department since the terrorism is so certain?

While none of the intelligence chiefs, who included CIA Director Leon Panetta, FBI Director Robert Mueller and others, cited a specific pending threat, their testimony made clear that an evolving al Qaeda remains their top concern.

"My greatest concern, and what keeps me awake at night, is that al Qaeda and its terrorist allies and affiliates could very well attack the United States," Panetta said.

So there is no specific credible threat, yet we are supposed to believe an attack is certain? I also question Panetta's lack of sleep over al Qaeda. He looks well-slept to me. I doubt he's losing weight about it too.

Forget your fears of al Qaeda. The real fear mongers are those working for our government and defending us against imminent threats that are non-existent.