Chertoff Warns Of Al-Qaeda Attack Risk This Summer


Fearing complacency in the U.S. over terror threats, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff says the nation faces a heightened chance of an attack this summer, reports the Chicago Tribune. “I believe we are entering a period this summer of increased risk,” Chertoff told the Tribune editorial board. “Summertime seems to be appealing to them,” he said of al-Qaeda. “We do worry that they are rebuilding their activities.”

Chertoff said there are not enough indications of an imminent plot to raise the current threat levels nationwide. He indicated that his remarks were based on “a gut feeling” formed by past seasonal patterns of terrorist attacks, recent al-Qaeda statements, and intelligence he did not disclose. There is an assessment “not of a specific threat, but of increased vulnerability,” he added. In recent days, ABC news reported that a secret law enforcement report prepared for homeland security warns that al-Qaeda is preparing a “spectacular” summer attack. On Tuesday, ABC News also reported that “new intelligence suggests a small al-Qaeda cell is on its way to the United States, or may already be here.”


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