Thursday, October 23, 2014

Former U.S. counterterror chief: 'Imminent threat' remains ~ By Kevin Liptak

"I think it's unlikely that threat's altogether been eliminated," Olsen said, adding that some senior leaders with the group had been killed.

Before the strikes began in Syria, U.S. government officials had barely acknowledged the presence of Khorasan, which formed from former al Qaeda members. Sources have said the group has the same aim as ISIS: recruiting and training foreign fighters who could return home to stage attacks.

While Olsen said foreign fighters present a broad risk to Americans' security, the potential for so-called "lone wolf" attacks by unaffiliated terrorists also worries officials.
The Khorasan Group (which can also be spelled as "Khorosan" Group) is a threat, even after U.S. airstrikes. However, I beg to differ.  The 'imminent threat' of "Khorasan" may remain, but I don't think it is THE imminent threat that this country is facing. Our enemy may be here already. The truly imminent threat: the homegrown, lone wolf ("non-affiliated") terrorist. ISIS has already found out that it's easy to brainwash those that are newly radicalized Islamists via the social networks (youtube, Facebook).

However, there is a way to counter that problem of homegrown terrorists. Help them on their way to paradise by paying their way over to Syria/Iraq (the Islamist State).

Here is part of my idea, with credit to Greg Gutfeld:

Hey, here is the rest of the idea: Give those that want to go to Syria/Iraq to fight for ISIS a pre-paid VISA card, don't confiscate their passport, and track their every move. Place a tracking chip on every card or passport, but put a $100 thousand on the card so they won't get rid of it, no matter what. They'll be vaporized long before they can use the full amount. Or, they'll just go to Vegas, get drunk, and fall of a balcony from their 18th floor penthouse. Either way, the problem of the lone wolf homegrown terrorist will be over, and it won't cost that much. Just sayin'...

Former U.S. counterterror chief: 'Imminent threat' remains
By Kevin Liptak

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 ~ Updated 7:28 PM EDT


Washington (CNN) - The former head of U.S. counterterror operations said Tuesday the "imminent threat" posed by an al Qaeda offshoot in Syria hasn't lessened after a U.S. air campaign there.

Speaking to CNN's Jim Sciutto, Matt Olsen said by his analysis the threat from the Khorasan group "is still in the same place as it was before" President Barack Obama ordered airstrikes against the terror operation last month.

"This group was in a position to train without any sort of interference, they were able to recruit operatives," said Olsen, who stepped down as director of the National Counterterrorism Center in September. "We saw that they were looking to test explosives. So they were in the advanced stages of plotting. They had both intent and that capability that put them nearing an execution phase of an attack."

President Obama announced strikes against Khorasan in September at the same time he began the mission to "degrade and destroy" the Islamic State terror group in Syria and Iraq. At the time, senior officials described the threat posed by Khorasan as "imminent."

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