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Terror Threat More Diverse, Study Says

By Siobhan Gorman

Wall Street Journal

Sep. 10, 2010

The terrorist threat faced by the U.S. nine years after the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington is far more difficult to detect but less likely to produce mass-casualty attacks, according to the former leaders of the 9/11 Commission.

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The U.S. government is ill-equipped to counter the newest version of the terrorist threat, the report concludes, adding that “American overreactions,” particularly on Capitol Hill and in the media, even to unsuccessful attacks, have arguably played into terrorists’ hands and fuel anti-American sentiment.

“It’s a much more complex and a much more diverse threat than it was” in 2001, said former 9/11 Commission Vice Chairman Lee Hamilton in an interview. “We lag behind still in developing responses to this threat.”

No agency in the U.S. government, for example, is charged with monitoring and stopping the radicalization and recruitment of Americans to terrorist ranks, he said.

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