One year after President Barack Obama proclaimed Al-Qaeda was "on the run," California Democrat Dianne Feinstein opened Wednesday's Senate Intelligence Committee by saying “terrorism is at an all-time high worldwide.”
The director of National Intelligence says a Syrian militant group tied to Al-Qaeda aspires to attack the United States. Its one of several franchise now working in more than a dozen countries.
John Clapper testified that last year's massive leak by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden only made matters worse.
“What Snowden has stolen and exposed has gone way, way beyond his professed concerns with so-called domestic surveillance programs,” he said.
Technology, and access to it, appears to be our biggest concern.
“Terrorists and other adversaries of this country are going to school on U.S. intelligence sources, methods and trade-craft, and the insights they are gaining are making our job much, much harder,” said Clapper.
National security analyst Edward Turzanski says that high-tech intelligence likely has already fallen into the wrong hands.
“That's the blessing and the curse of modern technology,” he tells KTRH News. “The idea that as time goes on technology becomes more affordable, more powerful and more available.”
Turzanski says fears of another Boston Marathon bombing at the Winter Olympic games in Sochi, Russia are real.
“The Chechens, are just about the most reliable and long-standing allies that terrorists have had,” he says. “I mean, they were with Osama bin Laden.”