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FBI Sees More Al Qaeda Threat Than Lone Terrorist

The United States faces a greater threat of attack from groups like Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, which targets Americans and still has a presence in this country, than from a lone terrorist, a top FBI official said on Thursday. Larry Mefford, executive assistant director for counterterrorism and counterintelligence, acknowledged an individual who tells no one of his or her plans can be very difficult to catch, remaining a focus for the FBI. “The greater concern, however, are the organized terrorist groups such as al Qaeda. Al Qaeda remains our No. 1 concern,” he told reporters at FBI headquarters. “The reason for that is because they’ve demonstrated that they have no inhibitions and they have no rules. Consequently, we’re concerned that they may continue to target Americans and potentially be involved in attacks,” Mefford said. Full Story

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