OUR PICKSThe Terrorism Warning Lights Are Blinking Red Again | What Americans Really Think About Immigration | Releasing Migrant Linked to Terrorism into the U.S.

Published 11 June 2024

·  The Terrorism Warning Lights Are Blinking Red Again
Echoes of the run-up to 9/11

·  Trump’s Vows of ‘Revenge’ Against His Opponents Gain Volume
“This is really unprecedented for a president to be doing this, and really, the historical precedents are quite the contrary,” says a history professor. “You could easily imagine it leading to real harm.”

·  California Public University Academics End Pro-Palestinian Strike Under Court Order
Unionized academic researchers, graduate teaching assistants and post-doctoral scholars walked off the job over the Gaza war

·  Biden Administration Tries to Plug Loophole That Released Migrant Linked to Terrorism into the U.S.
An Afghan migrant on the terrorist watchlist was released on bond by an immigration judge in Texas

·  What Americans Really Think About Immigration
The many factors that determine public opinion on the subject

The Terrorism Warning Lights Are Blinking Red Again  (Graham Allison and Michael J. Morell, Foreign Affairs)
rom his confirmation hearing to become director of Central Intelligence in May 1997 until September 11, 2001, George Tenet was sounding an alarm about Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda. In those four years before al Qaeda operatives attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Tenet testified publicly no fewer than ten times about the threat the group posed to U.S. interests at home and abroad. In February 1999, six months after the group bombed the U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, he claimed, “There is not the slightest doubt that Osama bin Laden … [is] planning further attacks against us.” In early 2000, he warned Congress again that bin Laden was “foremost among these terrorists, because of the immediacy and seriousness of the threat he poses” and because of his ability to strike “without additional warning.” Al Qaeda’s next attacks, Tenet said, could be “simultaneous” and “spectacular.” In private, Tenet was even more assertive. Breaking with standard protocols, he wrote personal letters to President Bill Clinton expressing his deep conviction about the gravity of the threat. And several times in 2001, he personally discussed his concerns about al Qaeda’s plans with President George W. Bush and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice. The CIA and the FBI may not have uncovered the time, place, or method of the 9/11 plot, but Tenet’s warnings were prophetic.
Two and a half decades later, Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, is sounding similar alarms. His discussions within the Biden administration are private, but his testimony to Congress and other public statements could not be more explicit. Testifying in December to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Wray said, “When I sat here last year, I walked through how we were already in a heightened threat environment.” Yet after Hamas attacked Israel on October 7, “we’ve seen the threat from foreign terrorists rise to a whole nother level,” he added. In speaking about those threats, Wray has repeatedly drawn attention to security gaps at the United States’ southern border, where thousands of people each week enter the country undetected. (Cont.)