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Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell: Al-Qaida near tipping point?

February 7, 2008

By  PAMELA HESS, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON – Al-Qaida‘s embrace of violence may be undermining the terrorist group’s support in the Muslim world, the nation’s top intelligence official said Thursday.

Director of National Intelligence  Mike McConnell, left, talks ...
 Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell, left, talks to CIA Director Lt. Gen. Michael Hayden on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008, during a House Intelligence Committee hearing.
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“The question becomes, are we reaching a tipping point to witness the decline of this radical behavior?” said Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell at a House Intelligence Committee hearing. “We don’t know but we are watching it very closely.”

Most victims of al-Qaida bombings and attacks are Muslims, McConnell said. In Iraq, the violence perpetrated against Iraqis by insurgents associated with al-Qaida pushed local tribes to turn against the group and has led to improved security, he said, adding that the same pattern may take hold elsewhere.

“In the last year….

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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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U.S. sees Russia, China, OPEC financial threat

February 5, 2008
By Randall Mikkelsen

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States should be worried that Russia, China and OPEC oil-producing countries could use their growing financial clout to advance political goals, the top U.S. spy chief told Congress on Tuesday.

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Director of National Intelligence Michael McConnell testifies before the Senate (Select) Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington February 1, 2007. Concerns about a weaker U.S. dollar could tempt more oil-producing countries to delink their currency pegs from the dollar or ask to be paid in other currencies, McConnell said on Tuesday.
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U.S. National Director of Intelligence Michael McConnell voiced the concern to Congress in an annual assessment of potential threats, in which economic matters joined terrorism, nuclear proliferation and computer-network vulnerabilities as top security issues.McConnell told the Senate Intelligence Committee in prepared testimony that the global threat of terrorism remained, but that al Qaeda had suffered setbacks and its international reputation was diminishing.

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