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WAR: U.S. Sees Drop in Terrorist Threats

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posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 08:39 PM
Federal intelligence officials and federal and local law enforcement agencies are reporting fewer credible terrorist threats against the US. It appears that al Qaeda is focusing its attention on Iraq, Europe, and elsewhere. Another reason is that agencies are becoming better at recognizing real from bogus threats. One official stated that after 9/11, the normal threat level will always be "yellow."
Reports of credible terrorist threats against the United States are at their lowest level since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to U.S. intelligence officials and federal and state law enforcement authorities.

The intelligence community's daily threat assessment, developed after the terrorist attacks to keep policymakers informed, currently lists, on average, 25 to 50 percent fewer threats against domestic targets than it typically did over the past two years, said one senior counterterrorism official.

A broad cross section of counterterrorism officials believes al Qaeda and like-minded groups, in part frustrated by increased U.S. security measures, are focusing instead on Americans deployed in Iraq, where the groups operate with relative impunity, and on Europe.

Though some are expressing caution and even skepticism, interviews last week with 25 current or recently retired officials also cited progress in counterterrorism operations abroad and a more experienced homeland security apparatus for a general feeling that it is more difficult for terrorists to operate undetected. The officials represent federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies, state and local homeland security departments and the private sector.

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

This is good news, but certainly not reason enough to get overly comfortable. As one official noted the desire to harm America and Americans is out there. We are just learning to discriminate better and, of course, taking the fight to the enemy is always a good strategy. Let us hope that we can hone our collective skills in such a way that we can go about our lives with enough vigilance that we all feel more safe because we are each watching out for the other.

posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 09:12 PM

Reports of credible terrorist threats against the United States are at their lowest level since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001

As opposed to what exactly? It's going to take a lot to stop this looking like a pathetic response to the White House hiding the dramatic rise in Terrorism worldwide since the start of the so called "War on Terror".

These figures are from before the Iraq war started, the wording is mine:

Figures from the U.S Department of State show that there have been less terrorist attacks in the U.S than anywhere else in the world; 19 from 1996 - 2001. In Eurasia there were 149, Africa 184, Asia 319, Latin America 831.

Western Europe had 353 in that time frame though it has the largest decrease in the number of attacks, from a high of 121 in 1996 to 17 in 2001. Attacks against American interests overseas have decreased steadily between 1993 (58) to 2002 (36)

The facts show the western nations as being at less risk from terrorist attack than in the past, or than any other area in the world.

[edit on 30-4-2005 by kegs]

posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 10:25 PM
I don't think you are saying anything that isn't covered in the article, except that you seem to blame Bush for the war on terror rather than those who committed the heinous acts of 9/11.

[edit on 05/4/30 by GradyPhilpott]

posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 11:25 PM
Well, except that Western nations have found that despite the war on terror, terrorists were planning, and are still planning on making attacks in western countries, including Europe. One of the countries in which terrorists have tried to attack have been France, among some of the other European countries which radical islamic terrorist groups have been planning on attacking.

I made a thread about this about two or three months ago. Let me see if i can dig it up.

Here is the link.

Authorities in Spain Find That Al Qaeda Still Has Plans of Attacking Europe

Here is an excerpt from that story.

But these successes underscore the threat to Spain and all of Europe as law enforcement scrambles to adapt to a new form of terrorism that appears to be growing here. "The threat from al-Qaeda is the same in Europe as it was on March 11," says Franco Frattini, commissioner for security for the 25-nation European Union.

"We thought we were out of the threat, that we had no threat coming from these groups," he says. "Now, we realize this is a police problem. ... It's more than a police problem, it's a social problem; it's a clash of civilizations."

Excerpted from above link.

Here is a link to some of the threats made by islamic radicals agaisnt Europe.

Here is another link in which Fernando Reinares, Spain’s Leading Expert on Terrorism and Political Violence, writes about terrorism in Europe and Spain.

After the 3/11 attacks, the investigation conducted by Spanish intelligence and law enforcement produced considerable detail about the composition and activities of this terrorist network. The cell that carried out the bombing was supported by a larger group of approximately thirty individuals, who provided logistical and other practical support. Moroccans dominated the group because of the country’s proximity to Spain, with other members coming from Syria, Algeria, and Lebanon. Al Qaeda views North Africans as prime candidates to carry out missions in Europe. All were males (ranging from 20-40 years in age) who lived in the same neighborhood in Madrid and were first-generation immigrants. (This last characteristic is in contrast to Britain and France where recruits to Islamic extremist groups have included second-generation family members.) Some in the group were radicalized in Morocco under the influence of Wahabbi clerics from Saudi Arabia; others were recruited in prison, a worrisome increasing trend.

Why was Spain the victim of the 3/11 attacks? According to public opinion polls, 60% of Spaniards believe they were directly linked to the country’s involvement in the Iraq war as part of the United States’ “coalition of the willing.” More detailed questions reveal a deeper social perception: 60% believe the current era of terrorism arises from Islamic fanaticism; 20% attribute it to U.S. foreign policy (including support for Israel), while the final 20% view terrorism as an outgrowth of poverty.

Professor Reinares argued that the assertion of a direct causal link between Iraq and 3/11 is “a great simplification.” Spain may be the first European country where Islamic extremists were successful in conducting a mass-casualty attack, but it is not the first where Al Qaeda planned a massacre (e.g., Al Qaeda’s mega-terrorism plan in France in 2000). Nor has its plans been confined to countries that participated in the Iraq war. The actual decision to target Spain’s trains was made in late 2003, but the 3/11 group formed in late 2001 after the Spanish authorities had dismantled the previous Al Qaeda network in the aftermath of 9/11. The Egyptian ringleader of the 3/11 network was arrested in Italy and confessed that the train bombings had taken two-and-a-half years to organize. Spain’s participation in the Iraq war created a propitious political environment for carrying out bombings that had been long in the works. In short, the war was the occasion not the cause of the bombing.

Excerpted from.

So in fact, these terrorist attacks were not caused by the war on terror, but rather the war on terror was used as an excuse for political reasons for plans that have been in the work by Islamic radical groups for a long time.

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[edit on 1-5-2005 by Muaddib]

posted on Apr, 30 2005 @ 11:47 PM
Let's also take a look at what France, among some of the other European countries are getting for not supporting the war on terror.

Friday, 20 December, 2002, 12:46 GMT
France says arrested men 'planned attack'

The French interior ministry has said four suspected Islamic militants arrested on Monday were "without doubt" planning at least one attack.
The ministry said all four had declared their support for a holy war and that two had admitted undergoing training with Chechen rebels in Georgia's Pankisi Gorge.

The arrests were made in a northern Paris suburb on Monday.

Police seized chemicals and suspected detonator components from one of the apartments raided, as well as a suit to protect against nuclear, chemical and biological attack.

Excerpted from.

I found an article by the Russian newspaper Pradva about another attempt by Islamic terrorists trying to attack France in 2001. i will see if i can find another source to confirm this one.

11:04 2001-10-13

Chemical attack planned for France

The Italian anti-terrorist police foiled a plan to test a toxic chemical in France this week.

The Italian anti-terrorist police eavesdropping telephone conversations foiled a plot by Moslem extremists to launch a chemical attack in France. The suspects have been caught and were imprisoned on Wednesday. The terrorists, situated in Milan, were planning to test a ?flask of liquid¦ in France, according to the intercepted calls.

A key excerpt from the conversation:

?Is this better than the other product?¦
?Yes it is better because it-s more efficient. It suffocates people as soon as you open it."

The product was sealed in cans of tomatoes and from the description, could be Sarin or Mustard Gas.

Excerpted from.

Let's look at another planned attack, this time against Australia.

Brigitte planned Australian terror attack, associate claims
November 22, 2003 - 9:10AM

French terror suspect Willie Brigitte spoke of plotting a terror attack in Australia before he was arrested and sent back to France, a suspected French Islamic militant has told investigators.

Willie Virgile Brigitte was deported to France in October. In a subsequent operation this week in France, police tracked down one of his acquaintances, Ibrahim Keita, who is accused of providing logistical support to Islamic militants.

Keita, a 37-year-old French convert to Islam, was placed under investigation - a step short of formal charges - for suspected links to terrorist groups, judicial officials said yesterday, on condition of anonymity.

Excerpted from.

Some more attempted attacks on France.

Strasbourg cathedral bombing plot
The Strasbourg cathedral bombing plot was a plan to blow up a cathedral in Strasbourg, France by members of Al-Qaida.

In December 2000, German police uncovered the plot in Frankfurt and raided an apartment building, where they found arms and explosives. In London, England, United Kingdom, an Islamist preacher named Abu Qatada was arrested for the attack, but was released on a lack of evidence.

Italian police said that they wiretapped a telephone call related to the failure of the plot. This is the transcript.

Sami Ben Khemais: "There is danger. Members of the bin Laden cell in Frankfurt have been captured. I am warning you that they got half the group in Germany."
Tarek Maaroufi: "No!"
Khemais: "Yes. Did you understand me? They arrested our brothers in Germany and they found the arms warehouse in Germany, Frankfurt. You need a cover."
Maaroufi: "What do you mean? God be with you."
Khemais: "Did you understand me? You need a cover. You know how."

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Ok, i think i made a point with the links and quotes i have already given.

Anyone claiming that the war on terror is unjustified, that the war on terror is what has caused so many terrorist attacks, and the terrorist threat is just made up by the US governmet is very ignorant, and prefers not to deny ignorance because of a political agenda he/she or they have...

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[edit on 1-5-2005 by Muaddib]

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