CounterTerror Officials: Tracking "Lone Wolves" Would Mean Fewer Civil Liberties
Adm. Dennis Blair, the former director of National Intelligence, speaking at the Aspen Security Forum this weekend, told the audience that it is virtually impossible for the feds to identify and prevent a lone wolf attack like James Holmes, Jared Laughner or the Fort Hood shooter, without severely curtailing civil liberties:
[T]here would need to be a higher level of surveillance and government agencies would have to share more information, which could contradict an individual’s right to privacy, Blair said. “The cost in civil liberties and privacy that we would have to pay to get our intelligence to that level would [be high],” Blair said.
Matthew Olsen, director of the National Counterterrorism Center, said there's a better way:
While there are 12,000 FBI agents, there are 2 million first responders, Olsen said. The government can help prevent the lone wolf attack by training those first responders on how to identify the potential threat, Olsen said. [More...]
Michael Leiter, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, agreed with the others that the threat of an organized attack on U.S. soil by al Qaeda is all but gone. What's left is the "trickle down" of their ideology to smaller groups and disaffected individuals disaffected here.
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