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Pakistan Is Threatened, Intelligence Chief Says

February 6, 2008

By Walter Pincus
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 6, 2008; Page A03
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Radical elements are now a threat to the survival of Pakistan, prompting Pakistani military leaders to recognize that more aggressive efforts are needed to get the elements under control, Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell said yesterday in testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
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“In the last year, the number of terrorist attacks and deaths were greater than the past six years combined,” McConnell said in an unusually strong warning about Pakistan’s political problems. “What’s happened is Pakistan has now recognized that this is an existential threat to their very survival.”
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Pakistani leaders, he said, are “starting a process to be more aggressive in getting control of the situation.” The elements include al-Qaeda and Taliban members who for years were nurtured by Pakistani military and intelligence officials, prompting U.S. lawmakers and others to question the sincerity of the government’s effort.
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Al Qaeda seen planning another attack on U.S.

February 6, 2008

By Sara A. Carter
The Washington Times 
February 6, 2008

Senior al Qaeda leaders have diverted operatives from Iraq across the globe and are increasing preparations to strike the United States, senior intelligence officials told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence yesterday. They said the terrorists had plans to attack the White House as recently as 2006.
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“Al Qaeda is improving the last key aspect of its ability to attack the U.S. — the identification, training and positioning of operatives for an attack in the homeland,” said Michael McConnell, director of national intelligence, which oversees all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies.
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Intelligence officials also said they used a controversial interrogation tactic known as “waterboarding”….

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