This past week Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair confirmed that the Obama administration is targeting U.S. citizens for assassination abroad, assuming the right to execute an American in a foreign country without giving him or her so much as a military tribunal. Mr. Blair also upheld the 2007 National Intelligence Estimate in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, reaffirming that the U.S. intelligence community has no evidence Iran’s leaders have made the decision to build nuclear weapons. Meanwhile, increasingly less covert but still officially denied U.S. wars continued to expand, with three American soldiers killed in northwest Pakistan.
With that in mind, here is the entirety of David Gregory’s questions for Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan on today’s Meet the Press:
MR. GREGORY: We’re up against a very difficult threat, as was underlined during testimony in front of the Intelligence Committee this week. This is a portion of that question.
[(Videotape, February 2, 2010)
SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA): What is the likelihood of another terrorist attempted attack on the U.S. homeland in the next three to six months, high or low? Director Blair:
MR. DENNIS BLAIR: An attempted attack, the priority is certain, I would say.]
MR. GREGORY: First off, what can you say about the intelligence that’s behind such a specific warning like that?
MR. GREGORY: And how do you win against a threat like this, when CIA Director Panetta was saying that al-Qaeda is adapting its methods in ways that are oftentimes very difficult to detect?
MR. GREGORY: Any credible threats against the Super Bowl today?
MR. GREGORY: What, what kinds of attacks is al-Qaeda now interested in pulling off?
MR. GREGORY: How worried are you about sleeper cells in the United States trying to pull off lower level, you know, what in the terrorist world they may call a single rather than a home run, whether it’s attacking a shopping mall or this kind of attack?
Gregory then presumably broke for a word from NBC’s sponsors: Depends and Lockheed-Martin.