Even though yet another terror threat from radical Muslims has passed its stated deadline with nothing happening, they haven’t given up. From AP, with thanks to Nicolei:
Terrorists have the will and some of the expertise to make a chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear weapon, and are “doing everything they can” to acquire the materials, the U.S. State Department’s top anti-terror official said in an interview with The Associated Press.
Cofer Black, U.S. ambassador at large for anti-terrorism, told The Associated Press that al-Qaida is still dangerous even though more than two-thirds of its leaders from the time of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks have been killed or arrested.
Speaking at the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Jakarta on Saturday, Black said he and other U.S. officials are “killing ourselves” to make sure terrorists don’t get a so-called “dirty bomb” or other unconventional weapons, but the threat remains.
“We know beyond a shadow of a doubt that a number of these groups, if they had it, would use it,” said Black, who accompanied U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft to an Asia Pacific anti-terror summit on the Indonesian island of Bali last week.