Of course, it seems that some in the administration have belatedly seen the light.
al-Qaeda can be expected to attempt an attack on the United States in the next three to six months, senior U.S. intelligence officials told Congress.
The terrorist organization is deploying operatives to the United States to carry out new attacks from inside the country, including "clean" recruits with a negligible trail of terrorist contacts, CIA Director Leon Panetta said. The chilling warning comes as Christmas airline attack suspect, Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutullab, is cooperating with federal investigators, a federal law enforcement official said Tuesday.
al-Qaeda is also inspiring homegrown extremists to trigger violence on their own, Panetta said.
Obviously, the threat assessment professionals are now doing their jobs.
When the administration replaces the incompetents on the enforcement side (starting with the homeland security secretary, who announced on Christmas Day that everything worked out fine and there's nothing to worry about), we can start to believe that they are getting serious about the terrorist threat.