A panel of top security experts, composed of non-partisan National Security Preparedness Group, have expressed their concern on the lingering threat of al Qaeda, nine years after the September 11, 2001 terror attack. The panel is chaired by former Rep. Lee Hamilton, D-Indiana, and former Gov. Tom Kean, R-New Jersey, who also headed the 9/11 Commission.
The panel warned, in a 42-page analysis, that an increased involvement of U.S. citizens and residents within al Qaeda and allied organizations puts the US in greater risks. The report also described the growing number of “US-based jihidist militants”. These militants is very hard to detect because they do not belong to “any particular ethnic, economic, educational, or social profile.”
The report reiterated that the United States is now facing “a dynamic threat that has diversified to a broad array of different attacks, from shootings to car bombs to simultaneous suicide attacks to attempted in-flight bombings of passenger aircraft.”
The report added that threats may be less, “than the catastrophic proportions of a 9/11-like attack, (it) is more complex and more diverse than at any time over the past nine years.”. The panel recommends that the state and local public safety officials must consider greater involvement to prevent such attacks. – Report by CNN Wire Staff