Obama administration warns of bioterror

On Wednesday, the Obama administration announced that al-Qaeda and its acolytes were the largest security threat faced by the United States.

The administration, as part of its first formal document on counterterrorism strategy, said that its top priority was stopping direct attacks on the United States by foreigners or homegrown militants, the Wall Street Journal reports.

As part of the plan, the Obama administration plans to increase its resilience against biological and cyber attacks, as well as to stress the need to counter al-Qaeda on the ideological front.

"We seek nothing less than the utter destruction of this evil that calls itself al-Qaeda," John Brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, said in a speech Wednesday, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The administration has focused on stopping the ability of al-Qaeda to attract new recruits, especially within the United States.

"This is the first counterterrorism strategy that focuses on the ability of al-Qaeda and its network to inspire people in the United States to attack us from within," Brennan said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The document does not shift the United States' strategy but instead formalizes the nation's approach to fighting terrorism that has been followed since President Obama took office. It also continues many elements used by George W. Bush.