It has been reported that US Intelligence agencies are picking up less terror talk. But is this a good thing? Intelligence agencies maintain a
constant watch on a number of sources, from technologically advanced satellites, to people on the ground doing the dirty work. All are providing
constant updates on their nominated target. A sudden reduction on reporting can mean a number of things. While on the surface it can be viewed as a
positive sign, the more likely, and worrying conclusion, is that the terrorists are becoming smarter in their methods, or worse, preparing to initiate
US intelligence monitors are picking up less terror threat talk than a year ago, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge has said.
A variety of factors could be contributing to the lull, Ridge said, and he warned that terrorists "are strategic actors and long-range planners" who
could be merely lying low before striking again.
"There certainly is a diminution, reduction in the amount of intelligence, and the decibel level is lower," Ridge told reporters, comparing
information picked up over the past several months with the similar period a year ago.
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There are a number of conclusions that can be drawn from such reports. One is that the war on terror is working. The organisations and people that
support terrorist infastructure and operations are being shut down, and thus there is less to report. Or, alternatively, and more frighteningly, that
Terrorists are becoming smarter about how they operate, where they talk, how they move, and who they talk to. Sudden changes in trends, or "spikes",
are always of concern, either in an increase in reporting, or a decrease. We can only hope that it is a positive sign. The alternative, however, must
[edit on 6-1-2005 by Banshee]