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VP Biden: Another 9/11 Style Attack Unlikely

In Post-9/11 Domestic Anti-Terrorism Efforts on February 11, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Probably the first major public official to go on record as saying this:

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday that terrorists continue to try to harm the United States, but another “massive” terrorist strike like the September 11, 2001, attacks is unlikely. “The idea of there being a massive attack in the United States like 9/11 is unlikely, in my opinion,” Biden said in an interview on CNN’s “Larry King Live.”  Instead, groups such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula “have decided to move in the direction of much more small-bore but devastatingly frightening attacks,” such as the failed bombing of a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day.Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, a Nigerian, has been accused of trying to blow up Northwest Airlines Flight 253 as it prepared to land in Detroit, Michigan, on Christmas Day.

“I think there are going to be attempts,” Biden said, but he praised the successes of the U.S. security and intelligence apparatus in dealing with the threats.

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