Wow, They Lied To Us!

We’re fighting the terrorists in Iraq so we don’t have to fight them at home (UPDATE BELOW):

Al Qaeda will try to tap its allies and resources in Iraq in its efforts to exact another terrorist attack on U.S. soil, according to a top government intelligence report released Tuesday.

Officials have expressed concern in the past that the Iraq war is providing a theater for al Qaeda to train insurgents and test the terror network’s capabilities.

“In addition, we assess that its association with [al Qaeda in Iraq] helps al Qaeda to energize the broader Sunni extremist community, raise resources and to recruit and indoctrinate operatives, including for homeland attacks,” said the declassified summary of the National Intelligence Estimate.

But the radicalization process doesn’t stop there, according to the report. Islamist Web sites, aggressive anti-American rhetoric and an increasing number of self-generating terror cells in Western countries indicate that violent factions of Islam are spreading.

Though the problem is more dire in Europe than the United States, the report said, there is evidence that extremists in the U.S. are “becoming more connected ideologically, virtually and/or in a physical sense to the global extremist movement.”

Update: Steve Benen has an excellent response to the NIE that links to what others are saying about it.

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6 responses to “Wow, They Lied To Us!

  1. What if the terrorists are coming to the US in the luggage of our returning service members? We just had a Guard unit return. I must notify Chertoff

  2. Dee

    If only we had not set the stage for Al Qaeda to gain a strong hold in Iraq where, prior to our invasion/occupation, there had been no strong presence under Saddam Hussein.

    If only we had not turned so much of the world against us by invading/occupying Iraq.

    But who could have known such a thing would happen? Oh that’s right, everybody except Bush.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/politics/06intel.ready.html?ex=1288933200&en=a943e84339b08496&ei=5088
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18854414/
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,2763,1184172,00.html

  3. Kate217

    They lied?!?!?!? I’m shocked….

  4. Jay in Oregon

    This is either more of the-you-have-to-vote-Republican-or-there-will-be-mushroom-clouds scare tactics, or they’re laying the groundwork for the next 9/11-style emergency.

    You know, the one that will cancel elections, or force the President to take “heroic measures” to curtail even more civil rights, or whatever.

  5. And just so you all know, in the UK they have already released without charges,two of the doctors they arrested in their full blown “Teh turrist re going to blow us all up” bullshit. Just like all those turrible turrists that was gonna blow up all them aeroplanes in the next few hours even though they hadn’t bothered to buy any tickets and most of them didn’t even have a fucking passport. Odd how this time it was just before the report on all the “Progress” we ain’t making in Iraq report was released.

  6. The British obviously are pansies. Everyone knows that the correct thing to do is hold people in caves under prisons in distant lands if the person knows a Muslim

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