The top two U.S. intelligence chiefs told a joint Congressional intelligence committee hearing Tuesday al-Qaida is weaker 10 years since the Sept. 11 attacks, but is still a threat and that domestic terrorists may be inspired by al-Qaida.
Clapper said the intelligence community individuals can, on the Internet, find English-language guidance and propaganda from al-Qaida, potentially leading them to plan attacks themselves.
“Such individuals, who may independently plan attacks with no guidance from associates in the U.S. or overseas, are difficult to detect and disrupt, and could carry out attacks with little or no warning,” Clapper said in written remarks.
“Even in decline, with its core leadership having sustained significant losses, al-Qa‘ida and its affiliates still pose a very real threat that will require our energy, focus, creativity, and dedication for quite a while,” Petreaus said in written remarks.
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