The nation's top intelligence officials warned Congress on Tuesday that terrorists are “certain” to attempt another attack on the U.S. within the coming months, reports The Hill. CIA Director Leon Panetta said the foremost risk was of another al Qaeda attack using recruits that have relatively low or “clean” profiles that are hard to detect. “The biggest threat is not so much that we face an attack like 9/11,” said Panetta. “It is that al Qaeda is adapting its methods in ways that oftentimes make it difficult to detect.”
Panetta's warning came at the Senate Intelligence Committee's annual threat assessment hearing. It was echoed by Blair, FBI Director Robert Mueller, acting U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Intelligence and Research John Dinger, and the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr. While no one referenced specific plots against the U.S., all of the officials agreed with Blair that they were “certain” another attempt would be made in the next three to six months.