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CIA: Al-Qaida Still Serious Threat

February 6, 2002

WASHINGTON (AP) _ CIA Director George Tenet told Congress on Wednesday that Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terrorist organization remains the most immediate and serious threat the United States faces around the world.

``We assess that al-Qaida and other terrorist groups will continue to plan to attack this country and its interests abroad,″ Tenet said in remarks prepared for delivery to a Senate committee.

Tenet, in the prepared testimony, described an array of possible attacks that al-Qaida may conduct against U.S. interests.

``We know that terrorists have considered attacks in the U.S. against high-profile government or private facilities, famous landmarks and U.S. infrastructure nodes, such as airports, bridges, harbors and dams,″ Tenet said.

The CIA director said ``high-profile events such as the Olympics or last weekend’s Super Bowl also fit the terrorists’ interests in striking another blow within the United States that would command worldwide media attention.″

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