Tourism and travel are still related to a threat of terror and attacks. The Christmas and New Year holidays may be the time terror could strike the United States of America.
“My greater concern, rather than just a lone wolf, is simultaneous attacks such as you saw on 9/11… with that being said, we also have better insights into who the potential bombers are,” John Pistole told this to FOX NEWS in an interview today. He is the outgoing and longest-serving head of the US Transportation Security Administration. He continues to say the threat from terrorism is worse now than when he took the job four years ago, but the US is better positioned to combat foreign plots.
“The terror threat in the United States today is unfortunately more expansive than what it was four and a half years ago,” John Pistole told Fox News during an interview before he leaves at the end of the month, concluding 31 years of government service, including 27 at the FBI, where he rose to the rank of deputy director.
Although Al Qaeda experimented in 2012 with surgically implanted bombs before apparently abandoning the idea as impractical, Pistole suggested they are now focused on devices held close or strapped to the body.
From Pistole’s unique position at the TSA and FBI, he watched Al Qaeda’s strategy evolve from the 9/11 attacks that murdered nearly 3,000 Americans, to the failed underwear bomb plot to bring down a jet on Christmas Day 2009 and the non-metallic explosive devices buried in cargo a year later.