"Washington (CNN)ISIS has the capability to stage a Paris-style attack in the U.S. using local cells to strike in multiple locations and inflict dozens of casualties, according to the Obama administration's top U.S. intelligence official.
"They do have that capacity," Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN's Peter Bergen in an exclusive interviews on "AC 360" on terrorism, Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda's most virulent offshoot -- ISIS." Read more at: capable of launching a Paris-style attack in the U.S.,
We note that this assessment by the Administration's top intelligence official is in marked contradiction to statements by President Obama and several of his security advisers who continue to play down such a threat and insist that the key danger to the United States from ISIS is the "lone wolf attack". Some months ago we were of the opinion that the greatest danger was indeed the "lone wolf" attack, but given recent revelations by such reliable sources as the Director of National Intelligence we now believe that ISIS could launch Paris style coordinated and prolonged multiple attacks within the US. We believe they are simply awaiting the opportune moment, and checking to see how close DHS forces may be on their trail.
The fact that some elements within DHS now perceive the threat means that they have credible intelligence. It is likely that such credible intelligence may, through further investigation, evolve into actionable intelligence and such threats could be thwarted. In the most successful DHS operations, the public rarely perceives anything. The blessing to the people of the United States in DHS operations, and the most difficult hurdle in securing adequate funding for the DHS, is simply that the organization's mission is insuring THAT NOTHING HAPPENS. When they have had a very successful year all that the public perceives is THAT NOTHING HAPPENED. Keep that in mind if we get through 2016 without a Paris like attack on our soil.