ALERT – AT 9:06 A.M. ET: We are about to observe the first anniversary of the disposal of Osama bin Laden. There is an alert out for a possible lone wolf attack that would mark the date. From the New York Post:
WASHINGTON -- Just days before the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, US authorities are warning that while there is no specific, credible threat to the US homeland they remain concerned "lone wolf" terrorists could use the date to avenge the former al Qaeda leader.
In an intelligence bulletin issued late Wednesday, the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and US Northern Command note that terrorist groups such as al Shabaab in Somalia, northern Africa's al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and the Pakistani Taliban have called for revenge against the United States for killing bin Laden during the May 1, 2011 raid on his hideout in Pakistan.
The bulletin says al Qaeda or its affiliates would view an attack "on this anniversary as a symbolic victory," especially in the wake of losses suffered by al Qaeda through US drone attacks and other efforts overseas.
In addition, according to the bulletin, authorities remain concerned that so-called "lone wolf" extremists not already identified "will execute attacks with little or no warning on or about the anniversary of bin Laden's death."
A report issued Wednesday by the European Union, looking at how terrorism has changed in Europe over the past year, seems to concur, saying the "threat has evolved" since the deaths of bin Laden and other terrorist leaders.
"Lone actors or small EU-based groups are becoming increasingly prominent, as is the internet as a key facilitator for terrorism-related activities," Interpol's EU Terrorist Situation and Trend Report says.
COMMENT: An anonymous "high" administration official was quoted earlier this week as saying the war on terror was over. The Obamans have been trying to sell that line since they took office, as we replaced the war on terror with "Muslim outreach." We see how far that has gotten us.
The war on terror is ongoing. It will not be over in our lifetime. Indeed, the potential for terror groups to get ever more powerful weapons is very real.
Remember when, after 9/11, the ideological left used to ask, "Why do they hate us?" We were treated to profound answers about our "policies." Well, Obama has been in office three and a half years, and terror still remains a serious threat. Maybe they hate us because of who and what we are, and not because of the policies of George W. Bush. Y'think?
April 26, 2012