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-- the actions the new young leader and -- very belligerent and the and the rhetoric that has been emanating from.
The North Korean regime.
We have seen that threat become geographically dispersed.
As affiliated groups and groups sympathetic.
To al-Qaeda in -- qaeda's message.
Have grown in areas -- for example in North Africa.
What is happening in the cyber -- how to cut across any of our disciplines whether they counter intelligence or counterterrorism.
As well as criminal.
North Korea the threat from al-Qaeda and cyber attacks from possibly Russia China or Iran all talked about today at this.
Threats of the world hearing up on Capitol Hill we're back with panel.
But I think there are two kinds of threats the ones that are of the long term ones that are.
Targeted at -- that would include of course.
And spreading around the world even -- -- -- al-Qaeda.
There's obviously diminished the ideology.
The -- business remains unchanged.
Second is that cyber security which is an issue that we really.
We've never suffered a Pearl Harbor we we can imagine them not even sure what it would look like.
But apart from long term threats and then of course -- that list is that Pyongyang and of course China in the longer run.
Is the immediate threat to world peace and I think the Paramount one.
The one that sort of interestingly sort of slipped out of our consciousness.
Is Iran going nuclear remember it was a year ago when our secretary of defense Panetta said.
That -- six months ago Israel would already have attacked Iraq.
And win the prime minister of Israel spoke to the general assembly he had the -- to Obama he said to have been reached a critical moment in spring or summer.
When spring starts next week.
Okay pause for dramatic effect thank you I -- six of the twentieth from -- should be Ecuador optional benefit.
I thought -- I didn't really have collaborated.
-- -- at one point during this hearing.
The national intelligence director was asked about -- Gaza and he was asked what lessons might have been learned from the violent attack in -- I think one lesson in this is.
A greater force on a greater emphasis on Intel's community on.
Force Protection for our diplomatic facilities and that clearly was I think a shortfall for us having a better appreciation of the tactical situation on and the diplomatic facility but it -- diplomatic facilities.
But -- -- lesson learned is don't do talking points on quest for -- talking points and so analysts on war.
-- about that isn't obviously referring -- that's -- surprise here.
Death relying on -- of what I mean I thought it was agency that he that he got and he mentioned in.
The hearing about this pre 9/11 mindset but he didn't really -- -- so much with -- -- but I do think that that was a little bit of what happened there -- that they will be in have anybody on alert in that area.
And dump and eat and I thought to me this was the most interesting the most important part of of -- testimony which is.
-- -- of the ninety's the -- when we really had a pre 9/11.
Mindset and we're cutting intelligence -- the -- intelligence community by 23% and he was just really talking about the fact that we need to not get into that mindset GAAP and how sequestration is affecting the intelligence community.
And that we need to and I -- I think that's the biggest thing.
With Ben -- and a lot of other areas that we are really climb back -- -- -- Saved -- actually agree with the and I -- that one of the lessons is that.
The intelligence community shouldn't be doing talking point for policy makers.
Not an appropriate role but I would say if you do your talking points don't edit them and allow him to be politicized in the way that they -- -- the bigger tape was so interesting to watch these hearings.
Because of the apparent consensus why everybody up there that al-Qaeda is such a severely diminished threat that.
No nobody said we don't need to worry about it but that didn't through the clear message out of the hearings was that the potential for a strike on the homeland.
Is -- and they even I thought downplayed the potential threats of the growing al-Qaeda.
-- the geographic distribution and strengthening of al-Qaeda.
In the region I think it's -- it's something that it I was watching it and thinking this is a hearing we could -- played back later.
After an attack.
To that point about the diminished effectiveness of al-Qaeda here's -- national intelligence director and then the story.
That we we brought you last week about the documents recovered in the bottom -- compound for -- Lawton.
Hundreds of thousands of them believed -- not have been released we've only received seventeen of them so far apparently they tell us.
A lot more according -- numbers reports take us.
The threat from coral Qaeda and the potential for a massive coordinated attack on the United States is diminished.
But the global jihadist moment as a more diversified decentralized and persistent threat.
I think the files probably complicate you promised -- overall -- -- and strategy.
Did they show there's cohesive international terrorist network led by al-Qaeda -- operates is staying al-Qaeda really isn't that close to defeat.
Apparently -- -- show a lot more interconnected al-Qaeda steering even affiliates.
And it completely undermines the Obama argument -- before Election Day and even after Election Day that somehow because of Obama.
The threat has radically did diminish which also implies.
That it was a bush administration and all of the things he did -- invading Iraq essentially which was in recruiting.
Element that augmented visually -- in fact that's not true.
They didn't affect as we can see today it's spreading today.
We would wind -- -- Bush Administration.
And with our new Obama administration that opened itself in the Arab world.
So it is intrinsic -- that's nothing.
To do essentially.
With our policies do you think we'll see anymore these documents and -- documents.
I have no idea -- -- -- making predictions we should mean that they paint a very different picture than the one is being present in my question is.
Do these leaders of these intelligence agencies even know what's in them at this point.
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