James Clapper: A 'perfect storm' is making the U.S more vulnerable to terrorists. (File)
A “perfect storm” of factors has weakened the country’s ability to prevent and fight terrorism, according to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Speaking at the National Press Club to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 Commission’s report, Clapper noted that “the terrorist threat to the United States is still very, very real.”
The three factors contributing to the “perfect storm” are:
■ A loss of intelligence sources in the wake of unauthorized disclosures of information;
■ Policy choices limiting the collection of information, and;
■ Recent and expected future cuts to the budgets of intelligence agencies.
“The terrorist threat is not diminishing. It is spreading,” he said. “As a nation, in my opinion, we are accepting more risk than we were three years ago, or even one.”
See the full presentation at C-SPAN.org.