Flashback: U.S. Intelligence Chief Announced in 2013 That Al-Qaeda Was No Longer a Major Threat
By Daniel Taylor
Western influence reinvigorates terrorist groups
In March of 2013 – several months prior to the Syrian gas attacks that helped spark the current mid-east unrest – Intelligence Chief James Clapper testified to Congress that Al-Qaeda was no longer a major threat to the United States. Clapper told Congress that Al-Qaeda was unlikely to carry out “complex, large-scale attacks in the West” because the terrorist group was severely weakened.
Now, Al-Qaeda has again emerged as a bogey man, due mostly to western influence. According to CIA director John Brennan, Syria and surrounding regions have become a training ground for terrorists. “We are concerned about the use of Syrian territory by the Al Qaeda organization to recruit individuals and develop the capability to be able not just to carry out attacks inside of Syria, but also to use Syria as a launching pad” Brennan told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.
This year, Clapper says that Al-Qaeda is “morphing” and gaining strength.
Has Al-Qaeda resurrected itself, or is there more to the story?
Since the United States intervened in Syria in the aftermath of gas attacks reportedly carried out by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Al-Qaeda has gained a foothold in the middle east and is wreaking havok. ISIS, essentially a re-branded Al-Qaeda, has declared war across the entire region. Stinger missiles and other military equipment provided by the west are fueling the terrorists’ conquest. While the United States government insists that these weapons were provided to “moderate” groups with no connections to Al-Qaeda, evidence abundantly indicates otherwise.
President Obama is requesting $500 million from Congress to fund Syrian opposition groups that the White House calls “moderates” who are “appropriately vetted.” Investigative journalist Tony Cartalucci points out that “there were never any moderates to begin with.” As the London Independent reported in April, Syrian rebel leader Jamal Maarouf openly admits that he will not fight against Al-Qaeda, and that he fights along side them. As reported, Maarouf’s fighters “conduct joint operations with Jabhat al-Nusra – the official al-Qa’ida branch in Syria.”
Extremist groups are also being used as proxy soldiers in the ongoing war between the United States and Russia. As ISIS overtakes Iraq, Russia is supplying Sukhoi fighter jets to Iraqi forces to deploy against the insurgents.
Inside the United States, while President Obama declares national security to be a top priority, the country’s borders are breaking down as border patrol agents call the influx of illegal immigrants “orchestrated” by the White House. Obama stated in a press conference earlier this year that his top concern was a nuke going off in New York city. If this is the case, many are wondering why it is that security on the U.S. border has been effectively ordered to stand down.
As illegal immigrants are flooding into America with the assistance of Homeland Security, American citizens are subject to increasingly militarized police. Police departments around the country are acquiring military equipment that is prompting rightly concerned citizens to ask “Are you coming to take our guns away?”
Perhaps Mr. Clapper’s testimony on a “weakened” Alqaeda was in fact a warning to the establishment that its bogeyman needed to make a comeback.