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Analysts Say U.S. Threat Warning Is Back-Covering

A vague new U.S. warning that al Qaeda may be planning a massive attack smacks of political back-covering and campaigning, not just a call for heightened vigilance, analysts and former government officials say. Stung by accusations that the Bush administration ignored key intelligence in the run-up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, officials may now be issuing warnings to prove to Americans they are on the ball this time, say terrorism analysts on both sides of the political fence. “Apparently there were warnings over 9/11 and nothing came out to the public before that, and they’ve paid a dear price for that,” said Jonathan Schanzer, a terrorism analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “They need to alert the public that there could be something coming down the pike, in which case, don’t say we didn’t tell you,” he said. Full Story

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