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It's one year after the death of Osama bin Laden and many policy makers and pundits alike think al-Qaeda is near collapse.
-- with the rise of so many splinter groups like al-Qaeda in Yemen and those so called lone wolf terrorists.
What is the state of our security here at home.
Seth Jones is -- former advisor to the special operations commander in Afghanistan and he's also the -- Of hunting in the shadows the pursuit of al-Qaeda since 9/11.
Process great to have you here especially today it's great to be on -- What is the report card on al-Qaeda we know they're pretty much out of Afghanistan and I wonder how many are in Pakistan.
But most importantly how many are here.
Well there appear to be few actual plotters in the United States the biggest concern as individuals coming from Yemen.
And potentially from Somalia into the United States and recruiting in cities like Phoenix and Minneapolis.
For US passport carrying American citizens.
To go for training and come back similar to what we're seeing in this trial this bombing trial in New York City right now yeah that's exactly what we're concerned or the additional component it is individuals who have visa waiver access to the United States because there's a British citizens.
Radicalize and then can coming -- -- -- he said.
Is -- -- looking to the Taliban to recruit within the Taliban and bolster their efforts of terror.
By getting folks -- already hate America.
Well I think what we've seen over the last several years including Osama bin Laden documents is a relationship between al-Qaeda.
The Taliban and other -- Afghan insurgent groups which makes me a little concerned if we pull out too fast from Afghanistan.
Which the administration trying to do.
That we may undermine our own security.
There are generals on the ground there that share that concern of yours well they should do you think the president will change his policy.
It's unclear right now I would say though that the documents that are being released this week.
Do put together a very concerning picture of Al qaeda's relationship -- Afghan groups.
For folks that haven't been following it this week we will get some of the documents that those Navy SEALs seized in the raid -- -- about.
When they killed Osama bin Laden.
But you say that we won't see all the documents what do you think we won't.
-- well I think what what what what appears to be clear there are a lot of documents tens of thousands of pages and I think the question is.
If if the governor is gonna release some of them what is the criteria for four releasing -- and not others.
Are there for example indications of a close -- -- relationship with the Taliban.
As were negotiating with them.
That would be very interesting to see if that's the case in the documents I -- you a very interesting question at least to me before we started and I was really surprised by your answer.
I -- -- whether or not we still derived.
From those held at Guantanamo Bay you would think they'd been there for years what would they know about what was going on overseas and your answer.
They can be absolutely useful they can be useful because one can throw names at them.
Tactics techniques and have them respond.
Khalid Sheikh Mohamed was useful in the targeting of the -- just a year ago names that we threw in front of them.
And that he can respond to yes this person definitely knows the line that's fascinating -- great to meet you gonna read the book immediately a lot to learn from this ten year.
And of the killing of their lot and thank you thanks --
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