It’s not very often you hear unanimous agreement between a Republican congressman and a Democrat senator on issues of national security, so we should listen well when they say the U.S. is less safe today from terrorism than it has been in recent years.
U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, both chairs of the House and Senate intelligence committees respectively, surprised CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday by saying the al-Qaida terror threat to America and Americans is growing.
“I think terror is up worldwide,” Feinstein said. “The statistics indicate that, the fatalities are way up. The numbers are way up. There are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are bombs that go through magnetometers. The bomb maker is still alive. There are more groups than ever, and there’s huge malevolence out there.”
“Oh, I absolutely agree that we’re not safer today for the same very reasons,” Rogers said. “So the pressure on our intelligence services to get it right to prevent an attack are enormous. And it’s getting more difficult because we see the al-Qaida as we knew it before is metastasizing to something different. More affiliates than we’ve ever had before, meaning more groups that operated independently of al-Qaida have now joined al-Qaida around the world — all of them have at least some aspiration to commit an act of violence in the United States or against western targets all around the world.”
Most unnerving, perhaps, is to hear the liberal Feinstein admit what the rest of her party, including the Obama administration, are loathe to say aloud: Islamic extremists, jihadists and Islamic-Sharia law pose a threat to the country:
I think there is a real displaced aggression in this very fundamentalist, jihadist, Islamic community, and that is that the West is responsible for everything that goes wrong and that the only thing that’s going to solve this is Islamic-Sharia law and the concept of the caliphate.
I see more groups, more fundamentalists, more jihadists – more determined to kill to get to where they want to get. So, it’s not an isolated phenomenon. You see these groups spread a web of connections and this includes North Africa, it includes the Middle East, it includes other areas as well.
Watch the segments via CNN:
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