U.S. more vulnerable to attack, former N.J. governor says

The U.S. is more vulnerable today than it was in 2001 to a biological, chemical or nuclear terrorist attack, 9/11 Commission Chairman and former New Jersey Governor Tom Kean said recently, according to the New Jersey Star Ledger.

“This is the most dangerous time I’ve seen since 9/11,” Kean said. “Al Qaeda is constantly learning our weaknesses, and the U.S. intelligence community is dysfunctional.”

Keane recently testified before the Homeland Security Committee regarding Obama’s failure to identify who is in charge of the large intelligence gathering branch, according to the Star Ledger report.

“If we don’t get our act together, we’re going to be in serious trouble,” Kean said.

Aaron Friedberg, professor of international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, agreed that al Qaeda has mutated in recent years as an international organization.

“For several years after 9/11, our government was successful in attacking decision-making centers of al Qaeda,” Friedberg told the Star Ledger. “They responded by reorganizing themselves on a much smaller scale. They may be less sophisticated and less deadly, but they are also much harder to catch.”

Freiedberg said the only thing that has saved residents in two of the more recent terrorist attempts, the “Christmas Day bomber” and “Times Square Bomber” was the incompetence of the terrorists themselves.

“Thank God no one was hurt, but terrorists have learned that they don’t have to be successful to disrupt our lives and our economy,” Kean said. “So now they’re looking to recruit home-grown (American) operatives who can move around at will under the radar of our intelligence community.”