With Terror Threats Down, Officials ‘Breathing Easier’


Reports of credible terrorist threats against the United States are at their lowest level since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. intelligence officials and federal and state law enforcement authorities told the Washington Post. 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. “We are breathing easier,” said the U.S. Capitol police chief.

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/04/30/AR2005043000704.html

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