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Dianne Feinstein: Terrorism is a greater threat today

- The Washington Times - Monday, December 2, 2013

Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Mike Rogers may hail from opposite political parties, but they struck agreement on at least one key issue in recent talk shows: America's threat from terrorism is on the rise.

Ms. Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Mr. Rogers, head of the House Intelligence Committee, issued the warning on a joint Sunday appearance on CNN.

"Terror is up worldwide," said Ms. Feinstein, California Democrat, on the "State of the Union" show. "The statistics indicate that. The fatalities are way up ... there are new bombs, very big bombs, trucks being reinforced for those bombs. There are bombs that go through magnetometers. ... And there is huge malevolence out there."

Americans nowadays face a bigger threat now than ever before, she said, The New York Post reported.

There are just "more groups, more fundamentalist, more jihadist, more determined to kill to get to where they want to get," she said. And Mr. Rogers, Michigan Republican, agreed.

"[I] absolutely agree that we're not safer today for the very same reasons," he said, on CNN. "The pressure on our intelligence services to get it right to prevent an attack are enormous. And it's getting more difficult."

Killing Osama bin Laden was hardly the end of the story, Mr. Rogers said.

"People think that, well, we've got this thing beat," he said, The Post reported. "And that's just not the case."

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