The U.S. intelligence system is well prepared to thwart terror attacks like this week's deadly bombings in Brussels but is vulnerable to homegrown assaults by self-radicalized Americans who blend into everyday life.
Lone-wolf attacks like the Boston Marathon bombing and the San Bernardino, Calif., shooting show that the USA is prone to less sophisticated efforts by people who self-radicalize here.
Changes to U.S. counterterrorism methods implemented after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks have led to better information sharing and intelligence collection in this country, said Carrie Cordero, a former national security lawyer at the U.S. Justice Department.
Tuesday's coordinated bombings in the Brussels Airport and a metro station killed at least 31 people and wounded many others.
“I don’t think the fact that there has not been an attack of this type in the United States is an accident,” Cordero said. “These types of attacks are precisely the type of attack that all of our counterterrorism efforts are designed to prevent.”
The two brothers who carried out the suicide bombings were named on U.S. watch lists prior to the Belgian assaults, two U.S. officials said Thursday.
... travelers to the United States are checked against multi-layered databases to make sure they’re not on any terrorist watch lists, Levitt said.
“Our system is 180 degrees better than in Europe,” Levitt said. Yet, he predicted: “We will not catch everything.”Read the full story HERE.
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