May 1, 2005

THAT WAS EASY:

U.S. Sees Drop in Terrorist Threats: Al Qaeda Focusing Attacks in Iraq and Europe, Officials Say (Dana Priest and Spencer Hsu, May 1, 2005, Washington Post)

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.


All it really took was some event to focus our attention.

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 1, 2005 1:33 PM
Comments

I wonder if Priest might read this to Milbank. Maybe take out some of the harder words or just explain the headline to him.

Posted by: Rick Ballard at May 1, 2005 10:25 PM
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