CHICAGO — Fearing complacency among the American people over possible terror threats, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in Chicago on Tuesday that the nation faces a heightened chance of an attack this summer.
"I believe we are entering a period this summer of increased risk," Chertoff told the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board in an unusually blunt and frank assessment of America’s terror threat level.
"Summertime seems to be appealing to them," he said of al-Qaida. "We do worry that they are rebuilding their activities."
Still, Chertoff said there are not enough indications of an imminent plot to raise the current threat levels nationwide. And he indicated his remarks were based on "a gut feeling" formed by past seasonal patterns of terrorist attacks, recent al-Qaida statements, and intelligence he did not disclose.
Wow I am really amazed at Michael Chertoff’s gut! We could save tons of money in cutting the CIA, NSA, etc and just turn to relying on Chertoff’s gut. Surely we could place some sensors in his gut to detect the current terror level and then broadcast the information and then use this handy chart.