02.Dec.2002 Senators WARN - More terrorism if war starts
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U.S. intelligence officials believe
terrorists are planning attacks inside the U.S.
to coincide with any war to oust Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's regime,
Sen. Bob Graham said.
"We face, according to the consensus view of our intelligence community, a 75 percent or better likelihood of terrorist attacks inside the United States at the point that Saddam Hussein feels that all is lost and is about to be toppled from power," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday."
Graham, a Democrat from Florida, is the outgoing chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
He and Richard Shelby, the incoming chairman, underscored U.S. concerns
that Hussein is in cahoots with terrorist groups and
may sponsor strikes if he feels his power is threatened.
"They have a common goal + when you have a common goal you work together directly and indirectly,"
said Shelby, an Alabama Republican, who appeared with Graham on Fox.
Both men said they expect an increase in terrorist activity after last week's suicide bombings in Mombasa, Kenya, that killed as many as 16 people, including two Israeli children.
Graham said the Kenya attacks were probably carried out by Islamayah,
a Somali-Kenyan group loosely affiliated with Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda network.
The U.S. State Department last week
issued warnings to American citizens
of similar attacks in Yemen and East Africa.
"I think it's the first of a lot of attacks against our allies,
against our friends
and perhaps against us around the world,"
"But I also believe that terrorists are looking at our own country."
the U.S. Transportation Department should "immediately" take steps to protect U.S. commercial airliners
against attacks such as the failed attempt in Kenya
to shoot down an Israeli plane with two shoulder-fired missiles.
"There are thousands of these surface-to-air missiles around the world,"
"You can buy them,
and you can transport them.
A lot of them are not as accurate as others.
But sooner or later,
that's going to be
one of the methods
for the terrorists
The U.S. advisory for Americans in east Africa and Yemen warned
that terrorists may strike "softer" targets
such as residential areas,
United Nations' weapons inspectors
are in Iraq under a Security Council mandate
to rid that nation of weapons of mass destruction.
Iraq denies it has these weapons.
The U.S. says it does,
if Iraq doesn't cooperate
with the U.N.
who has been critical of President Bush's campaign against Iraq,
urged the administration to step up efforts
to locate and arrest possible terrorist groups
that may have state-sponsored support
Israel's re-election of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last week
may prompt attacks from groups sympathetic to the Palestinians
"The onset of war against Iraq will be another spike of terrorist activity,"
need to be pounding the headquarters
the training camps
of those international terrorist organizations
which are the most likely ones
to form an alliance