US spymasters repeat attack warnings

#1
ISN SECURITY WATCH (17/02/05) - In his first public appearance since taking over the CIA, Porter Goss testified on Wednesday before the
Senate Select Committee on Intelligence that the US continued to face
threats from Islamic terrorists, as well as threats posed by a
nuclear-armed North Korea and the Islamic regime in Iran, which may
be seeking nuclear weapons. The new CIA director’s statements
mirrored Washington’s ongoing rhetoric and warnings since the 11
September 2001 terrorist attacks on the US. He evoked alleged
asymmetric threats against the US, where he said an extremist attack
was only a matter of time. Goss was one of several top intelligence
officials to appear before the Senate committee, which recently
decided to subject US intelligence on Iran, North Korea, and other
potential hot spots to new scrutiny in hopes of avoiding the mistakes
committed before the war on Iraq. "It may be only a matter of time
before al-Qaida or other groups attempt to use chemical, biological,
radiological, or nuclear weapons,” Goss said. FBI Director Robert
Mueller echoed Goss’s concerns, saying that al-Qaida remained intent
on attacking the US, most likely by using low-technology methods of
the kind employed in 2001 when terrorists killed about 3’000 people
after hijacking commercial airliners with box-cutters. Goss said "it
may only be a matter of time" before militant groups tried to use
such arms. Mueller conceded that low-tech attacks, such as car bombs,
were more likely. As for the threats posed by a nuclear-armed North
Korea and Iran, Goss stressed that North Korea had the ability to
field effective long-range missiles. "We assess the TD-2 is capable
of reaching the United States with a nuclear weapon-sized payload,"
he told the senators in reference to a North Korean missile. On the
subject of Iran he said: "We are more concerned about the dual-use
nature of the [nuclear] technology," rather than Tehran possessing a
current nuclear weapons stockpile. He pointed out that Iran was
trying to acquire long-range ballistic missiles and refusing to give
up its ability to enrich uranium that could be used in nuclear
weapons development. Goss also said Iran was "supporting some anti-
coalition activities in Iraq" and could encourage more attacks
against Israel through Hizbollah in hopes of derailing progress
towards peace between Israel and the Palestinians. According to Goss,
the main reason for nuclear proliferation in countries such as Iran
and North Korea was not so much to stage an attack, as to keep up
with their nuclear neighbors. Referring to other nuclear powers, Goss
said the US had continued to press Pakistan's government for access
to nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, who was pardoned by Pakistani
military dictator Pervez Musharraf a year ago after confessing to
supplying Iran, Libya, and other countries with key nuclear parts
through his sophisticated nuclear black market. Goss also delivered
plans to Bush to increase the number of clandestine operational
officers in the CIA by 50 per cent. He stressed that he wanted to get
more people in the field who could get close to terrorists, their
suppliers, and supporters. There are believed to be roughly 5’000
operations officers working for the CIA at this time, and most say it
will take years to properly train new people before they can be
deployed overseas.
oh dear :roll: still pushing out the same old shiete
 
#2
It may be only a matter of time
before al-Qaida or other groups attempt to use chemical, biological,
radiological, or nuclear weapons,” Goss said. FBI Director Robert
Mueller echoed Goss’s concerns, saying that al-Qaida remained intent
on attacking the US, most likely by using low-technology methods of
the kind employed in 2001 when terrorists killed about 3’000 people
after hijacking commercial airliners with box-cutters. Goss said "it
may only be a matter of time" before militant groups tried to use
such arms. Mueller conceded that low-tech attacks, such as car bombs,
were more likely.
I have read three US paper today not one of them has picked up on this assesment.

Sad
 
#3
What did you expect from Porter Goss?

A Bush Yes man gets top slot at the Agency, after the previous incumbent dutifully falls on his sword , for providing the NSA and White House with EXACTLY what they wanted to hear , against the advice of CIA field and Intel analysts.

It's shia'ite

Get those old boys back in, the mob from the 80's and early 90's.
 
#6
Amen Tom6

How many times did that team keep the world from tipping into a global exchange? The teams woking during the Cuban Missile Crisis must have been some men. But then again, weren't most of them ex-OSS?

I'd still like to see some of the faces from the 70's and early 80's back in though , the guys who were large on HUMINT.
 
#7
Actually Carter and his hatchet man Stansfiled Turner slashed HUMINT ruthlessly from the CIA. It came back to bite him when the Shah fell and our embassy was seized. Ever since it was felt that technical intel would be the wave of the future.
 
#8
well it seems to me that at least rumsfeld has realised that men on the ground are far superior to any fancy multi billion dollar spying machine. Hence the huge exapnsion in SF and CIA direct action budgets/recruitment.

I just hope it will make up for all the years of cuts

A_S
 

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