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Awlaki, Not bin Laden, Now Top Terror Threat to US

Threat 'may be at its most heightened state' since 9/11: Napolitano

(Newser) - Osama bin Laden’s reign as the top terror threat to the US is over: According to the head of the National Counterterrorism Center, he’s been overtaken by Anwar al-Awlaki . “I actually consider al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula with al-Awlaki as a leader within that organization probably the... More »

Next Big Threat: Home-Grown Terrorists

Counterterror head speaks following Portland plot

(Newser) - The US is facing a major threat from inside: as home-grown terror plots abound, authorities may not be able to foil every plot, said a leading counterterrorism official in a Washington speech. Amid “a more complicated threat, a more diverse threat, and lower-scale attacks to include individuals who have... More »

Fed Terror Boss Skied Through Bomb Crisis

Could be downhill from here on for Michael Leiter

(Newser) - The director of the National Counterterrorism Center remained on his ski vacation despite news that a passenger had tried to blow up a Detroit-bound jetliner. Michael Leiter, the top official in charge of analyzing terror threats, didn't return to the Virginia center's "bat cave" near the CIA until several... More »

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