US INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY FEARS SOURCES AND METHODS MAY HAVE BEEN COMPROMISED BY THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION ON LATEST AL QAEDA THREAT

Washington Times on August 3, 2013, published a report by Lisa Ruth that the US intelligence community is worried about Obama administration disclosing too much on latest al Qaeda threat. Excerpts below:

The unsettled situation in Yemen has provided increased opportunities for the group to operate without scrutiny and to recruit followers. The group has launched numerous successful attacks over the last year,…

The United States views al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula as such a significant threat that it not only uses drone attacks to target the group, but it has also sent advisors to Yemen to help the military combat AQAP on the ground.

Intelligence is the most successful method to counter terrorism. “How do drones know where to strike? How do we know where AQAP is going to target next? How do we know what people and resources to move to protect them? Intelligence. I can’t even begin to tell you how many attacks we have stopped thanks to intelligence. But we don’t go out and broadcast that to the world. It doesn’t work that way,” says the active intelligence officer in the Middle East.

“Now? We are going to have to start all over again. We are operating blind,” he says.

Lisa Ruth is an intelligence expert.

Comment: US administration officials reportedly have received a credible terror threat directed at American targets overseas, though details remain sketchy. Congressional leaders have been briefed on the threat. Reports over the last days in media have indicated that American officials saying that the US had intercepted electronic communications among senior operatives of al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula. On August 2 the threat was described by Rep. Peter King, Republican chairman of the Subcommittee on Counterterrorism and Intelligence, as “very specific. We’re not certain exactly where something might happen but it’s very specific as to when and it’s also very specific as to the fact that it is going to happen, so we have to be on alert everywhere,” the New York Republican said.

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