Posted: September 21, 2006 WASHINGTON
The warning from an al-Qaida field commander in Afghanistan calling for Muslims to leave the U.S. – particularly Washington and New York – in
anticipation of a major terror attack to rival Sept. 11, should be taken seriously says the Pakistani journalist who interviewed Abu Dawood.
He said he interviewed bin Laden prior to Sept. 11, 2001, and heard warnings about an attack on the U.S., but discounted them.
"I would not underestimate these people," he said.
Dawood said the impending attack, which could involve nuclear or radiological weapons, is being coordinated by Adnan el-Shukrijumah and suggests it
may involve some form of warhead smuggled across the Mexican border.
"Our brothers are ready to attack inside America," Dawood told Mir. "We will breach their security again. There is no timeframe for our attack
inside America; we can do it any time."
The terrorist network Al Qaeda will likely leverage its contacts and capabilities in Iraq to mount an attack on U.S. soil, according to a new National
Intelligence Estimate on threats to the American homeland.
that pose a "persistent and evolving threat" to the country over the next three years.
Officials say there's no evidence al Qaeda has acquired weapons of mass destruction or injected a sleeper cell into the U.S. but both goals remain
top priorities, reports CBS News correspondent Bob Orr.
The U.S. government's efforts to stop terrorists from attacking the United States with weapons of mass destruction has received an overall grade of
"C" from a bipartisan group of former national security experts.
"A nuclear, chemical, or biological weapon in the hands of terrorists remains the single greatest threat to our nation," says the report (pdf)
released by the Partnership for a Secure America (PSA). The report reminds readers that the 9-11 Commission concluded in 2004 that al Qaeda still
sought WMDs for another attack against the United States, and thus "preventing the proliferation of these weapons warrants a maximum effort."
The government's efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism received a "C" because, while the government has done better than average detecting and
interdicting weapons and materials at the nation's ports, its efforts are still being hampered by poor integration of government programs across
agencies, lack of U.S. buy-in on multilateral counterproliferation programs, and the inability to sustain such programs internationally for the
Updated 4/2/2008 USA TODAY WASHINGTON
The government must act to reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism in a major U.S. city, senior government officials and top terrorism experts are
scheduled to tell the Senate on Wednesday.
Testifying as part of a months-long Senate investigation into the government's ability to prevent a nuclear attack, the experts will paint a chilling
picture of a post-nuclear America: hundreds of thousands of dead, $1 trillion in damage, and panic nationwide.
"The prospect of terrorists detonating a nuclear device on American soil sometime within the next quarter-century is real and growing," according to
prepared testimony from Gary Anthony Ackerman, research director of the Homeland Security Department-funded National Consortium for the Study of
Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism. "Such a calamitous attack would represent a game-changing event far exceeding the impact of 9/11 on the
2009 Terror Attack prediction
Daniel J. Hill, a former US Army Paratrooper who was stationed in Beirut, converted to Islam, and joined the fight with other Muslims against the
Soviets in Afghanistan
In keeping with this thinking he warns that the US will most likely be hit hard by Al Qaeda via private jets and small nuclear weapons, which he
believes have been smuggled over the US border via Mexico in the late 90's. He has heard various talks similar to this scenario by numerous
conservative Muslim sympathizers and expects this kind of attack to occur in the imminent future.