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December 1, 2013 - 10:48 am

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) said this morning that we’re not safer from terrorism today than we were just one or two years ago.

“I think terror is up worldwide, the statistics indicate that, the fatalities are way up. The numbers are way up,” she said this morning on CNN. “There are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are bombs that go through magnatometers. The bomb maker is still alive. There are more groups that ever and there’s huge malevolence out there.”

Her House counterpart, Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), said he “absolutely” agreed “that we’re not safer today for the same very reasons.”

“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-Qaeda 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-Qaeda have now joined al-Qaeda 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,” Rogers said.

“They’ve now switched to this notion that maybe smaller events are okay. So if you have more smaller events than bigger events, they think that might still lead to their objectives and their goals,” he added. “That makes it exponentially harder for our intelligence services to stop an event like that.”

Feinstein said there’s “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,” she said. “And 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.”

Rogers said the world is now dealing with nearly 25 weak governments who can’t control large regions of their territory, making it attractive for safe havens.

He added that a number of Americans and other westerners who went to fight with al-Qaeda units in Syria have returned home. “We are very, very concerned that these folks who have western paper have gone there, participated in combat events, are trained, are further radicalized, now have the ability to go back in western countries.”

“…This is all starting to spread. Iraq is having its problems now. It’s spreading into Lebanon, Jordan has issues, Turkey along the border has issues. This is very, very, very concerning.”

“There is now a bomb that can go through magnatometers. People can get on aircraft with those bombs. They have tried to send four into this country, two in printer cartridges, one by Abdulmutallab, and one, asset, was able to obtain out of Yemen,” Feinstein said. “These were coming into this country, two of them aimed at synagogues in Illinois. Now, having said that, the only way to stop this was with intelligence. The only way you could stop that is putting clues together to ferret out where this was coming from.”

Rogers said they recently learned “three al-Qaeda affiliate groups have changed the way they communicate means it’s less likely that we’re going to be able to detect something prior to an event that goes operational, meaning that they’ve already started the final planning stages to blow something up or shoot someone.”

“The bad guys, the al-Qaeda affiliates, Russian intelligence services, Chinese intelligence services, the Quds force that operates terrorism events all around the world, those are the folks we need to focus our attention and our energy on in order to keep America safe,” he added.

“…I think people think what the senator was talking about, Dianne was talking about, was people think, ‘well, we’ve got this thing beat, it’s kind of over. We don’t have to worry about al-Qaeda anymore.’ And what we see is that’s not the case.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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I don't trust Feinstein's motives, it would be just like her to use the threat of terrorism as a rationale to disarm all American citizens. Moreover, she is part of a regime that refuses to even name our islamic enemies, or admit that we are at war with them. It's almost like the perpetual war between Eurasia and Oceania in Orwell's "1984". It's used to as a threat to get people to give up freedom.
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THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAR is not with al-Qaeda, al-Shabab, Hizb'allah, Hamas, Abu Sayyaf, Boko Haram, the Taliban, or any other terror organization.


THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAR is with MECCA.

it is from this Islamic reichstag that all this hate and violence emanates. It is from this Islamic reichstag that it ultimately must end.....or we all lose.

~ The Infidel Alliance
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Dear Sen. Feinstein,

What you have recognized is THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAR.

It is being waged against the Catholics in the Philippines, the Buddhists in Thailand, the Jews in Israel, the Hindus in India and Bali, the Christians and animists in Africa, the atheists of China, the formerly Christian atheists of Europe, the lovely people of Australia, the Jews in South America, Dutch cinematographers, Danish cartoonists, English novelists, European politicians, innocent airline travelers, schoolchildren in Russia, schoolgirls in Indonesia, pedestrians in Times Square, recruiters in Little Rock, soldiers in Frankfurt, the airport in Scotland, tube commuters in London, train commuters in Spain, soldiers at Ft. Hood, and on and on and on.....

It is Not a conventional war. It is a guerrilla war, waged wherever Muslims live, inspired by Allah, mandated by Muhammed, and commanded in the Koran.

It will never stop until it is stopped.

THE ISLAMIC WORLD WAR - it's real. Now Senator, what are you going to do about it?

~ The Infidel Alliance
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So lets disarm Americans, that'll make us safer, right Diane?
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A more extended quote of Sen. Feinstein,"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 Shariah law and the concept of the caliphate.", reveals that she is actually using the "I" word which I thought had been previously banned by the Obama administration. IMHO, that indicates a long last beginning of an awakening to this threat and not a compliant attitude as previously and that is a start. Even though I value personal privacy, stopping the "bad guys" is most important to me, and is really geared to important security issues, and not the usual trivial stuff.
33 weeks ago
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Well, it's DiFi.
33 weeks ago
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DiFi is a weird Democrat.


She makes sense at least twice a year, sometimes three times.

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President Reagan prepared the field for this mess. He should have asked for a formal declaration of war against those who blew up the Marines in Lebanon. This would be against any organization of any size which has a foreign policy of warfare on the US, of any type and conducted on any level.

Those who aid these political organizations would be regarded as hostile to the US. Individuals whose primary loyalty is to such an organization would be under scrutiny and also would not need to come to the US.

All those organizations would join North Korea and dealing with them and their facilitators would be at the convenience of the government.
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I note that, during GW Bush's administration, terror activity really did abate. In fact it fell off to the point that readiness and anti-terror action became targets of Democratic howls. "Fear-mongering" was the term of the day.
After four years of weak governance, terror activity is up. We have Americans in Syria who are learning to hate the US even more than they did when they went there and learning practical terror skills.
But GW Bush was an Islamophobe and so were the rest of us...
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So Senator Feinstein is alarmed is she? Is she prepared to do anything about it? Is she prepared to campaign against Mr. Kerry's recent Munich Accord with the same fierce energy that she brought to opposing the anti-terrorism efforts of President Bush? Is she prepared to break with her party, now dominated by appeasers who want to make nice with Iran while they continue their march toward nuclear weapons? I doubt it. It's all talk and she will knuckle under in the end.
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"In a hallmark speech in May, 2013, President Obama unilaterally declared the war on terror over. The end of that war, Obama stated, meant we could return to the halcyon days of the Clinton-era law enforcement, during which America experienced a spate of terrorist attacks ranging from the first attack on the World Trade Center in 1993 to the Khobar Towers bombing in 1996 to the bombings of American embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 to the USS Cole bombing in 2000."

Mzzz. Feinstein, the emperor says we should just move on, there's nothing here to see.
33 weeks ago
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Color me surprised. I thought she was referring to the Tea Party.
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