US intelligence: Al Qaeda at pre-9/11 strength

As if it wasn't already abundantly clear, so much for those who want to believe that the Bush administration is tough on terrorism.

From the AP:

WASHINGTON -- U.S. intelligence analysts have concluded al-Qaida has rebuilt its operating capability to a level not seen since just before the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, The Associated Press has learned.

The conclusion suggests that the group that launched the most devastating terrorist attack on the United States has been able to regroup along the Afghan-Pakistani border despite nearly six years of bombings, war and other tactics aimed at crippling it.
Still, numerous government officials say they know of no specific, credible threat of a new attack on U.S. soil.
A counterterrorism official familiar with a five-page summary of the new government threat assessment said it was a stark appraisal that will be discussed at the White House today as part of a broader meeting on an upcoming National Intelligence Estimate. The official and others spoke on condition of anonymity because the secret report remains classified.
Meanwhile, it's not that hard to get radioactive material. Swell.
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