Feinstein and Rogers: Al Qaeda Adapting; America Not As Safe
Americans are not any safer than they were two years ago and the threat of terrorism has actually increased, according to leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committee who warned that Al Qaeda’s network has rapidly adapted since then.
“There is huge malevolence out there,” said Sen. Dianne Feinstein in an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union that aired Sunday, citing “a real displaced aggression” within Islam as a cause for concern.
Rep. Mike Rogers echoed the Democratic senator’s sentiments. “People think that, well, we’ve got this thing beat, and that’s just not the case,” he said. Rogers added that terrorists are conforming to smaller attacks, making it “exponentially harder” for intelligence to prevent them.
The Republican congressman also said that intelligence and surveillance leaks have allowed Al Qaeda groups to innovate their communication methods, which also adds a level of complexity to detecting any potential plots.
“We’re fighting amongst ourselves here in this country about the role of our intelligence community that it is having an impact on our ability to stop what is a growing number of threats,” Rogers said. “And so we’ve got to shake ourselves out of this pretty soon and understand that our intelligence services are not the bad guys.”
Both lawmakers also took jabs at the administration’s handling of the Syrian conflict, alluding to its effect on the incursion of jihadists into the region. Rogers highlighted that “the opposition felt that the United States walked away from them” following negotiations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to cease the use of chemical weapons.
“It’s getting difficult to separate the bad guys from the good guys and I think that’s the dilemma,” Feinstein said.