11 July 2007

Everybody panic! Homeland Security Secretary has a "gut feeling"

"I got my mind on my terror and terror on my mind."

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff told the The Chicago Tribune that he had a "gut feeling" the risk of an attack this summer, given al-Qaida's apparent interest in summertime strikes and increased al-Qaida training in the Afghan-Pakistani border region.

Other U.S. counterterrorism officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, shared Chertoff's concern and said that al-Qaida and like-minded groups have been able to plot and train more freely in the tribal areas along the Afghan-Pakistani border in recent months. Osama bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, are believed to be hiding in the rugged region.

Chertoff said he is convinced that terrorists are regrouping. "Our edge is technology and the vigilance of the ordinary citizen," he said.

You mean I have to depend on the guy next to me on the D train cutting his fingernails!? Oh, great. We're all doomed.

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