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Congressmen warn ‘Al Qaida is in many ways stronger than before 9/11’

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The House Intelligence Committee members Peter King, R-N.Y. and C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, D-Md., appeared on ABC’s “This Week: and weighed in on the latest terror threat and the National Security Agency.

Although the two sit on opposite sides of the isle, they both agreed that the terror threat on our Middle East embassies and consulates is “very credible.”

“We know that al-Qaida and other people out there want to attack us and kill us and our allies,” Ruppersberger told Martha Raddatz, filling in for George Stephanopoulos. “The good news is that we picked up intelligence, and that’s what we do — that’s what NSA does.”

King confirmed that although if anything is going to happen, the Middle East is the most likely locale, but it’s by no means limited there.

“The assumption is that it’s most likely to happen in the Middle East, at or about one of the embassies, but there’s no guarantee at all,” King said. “It could be Europe, the United States. It could be a series of combined attacks. It could be the same concept as the 2006 liquid explosive planned attacks, when there were going to be a series of attacks carried out almost simultaneously. So we have to be ready for everything.”

He followed up with a warning.

“This is a wake-up call,” King said. “Al Qaida is in many ways stronger than it was before 9/11, because it’s mutated and spread, and can come at us in different directions. And al Qaida on the Arabian Peninsula is probably the most deadly of al Qaida affiliates.”

Watch the full interview, provided by ABC News.


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