Threat from al Qaeda Evolving – Including “Home Grown” Threat

The threat from al Qaeda’s senior leadership in Pakistan may have been diminished over the years, a national counterterrorism expert said on “Washington Unplugged” today, but the threat from the terrorist group has grown and evolved in other ways — including a slightly increased threat from “home grown” terrorists.”There is a risk of Americans seeing something in the al Qaeda world view,” National Counterterrorism Center director Michael Leiter told CBS National Security Analyst Juan Zarate.

That risk has increased this year, he said, but he added, “I think it’s still too early to say that we have a trend.”Leiter stressed that the Muslim American community is incredibly diverse and a part of every aspect of life in the United States.

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