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Unformatted text preview: , and so do forest fires," Mueller told me. "If terrorism is merely killing certain numbers of people, then it's not an existential threat , and money is better spent on smoke alarms or forcing people to wear seat belts instead of chasing terrorists." 7|Page Port Security Negative BDL Al Qaeda Threat Decreasing [___] [___] Al Qaeda has alienated its supporters Bruce Riedel, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, 2011 (How the United States Enable Al Qaeda, http://www.brookings.edu/opini ons/2011/0905_al_qaeda_911_riedel.aspx) But al Qaeda also made its share of mistakes. The terror group’s lack of a vision is an existential lapse. By offering only violence and death, it denies Muslims what they yearn for, such as democracy and a just peace settlement for the Palestinians. And by killing thousands of fellow Muslims and blowing up civilians in the streets and markets of Iraq, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, al Qaeda has alienated its own constituents by drowning them in blood. [___] Al Qaeda no longer capable of large scale attacks Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser to the president of the RAND Corporation, 2011 (The Long Shadow of 9/11: America’s Response to Terrorism, Ed. Bruce Michael Jenkins and Paul Hodges, p. 4) There is consensus in this volume that the United States has accomplished a great deal in the past ten years. Al Qaeda’s capacity for centrally directed, large -scale terrorist operations has been greatly reduced, if not eliminated entirely. 8|Page Port Security Negative BDL Al Qaeda Threat Decreasing [___] [___] Military and police security measures have decimated Al Qaeda Brian Michael Jenkins, senior adviser to the president of the RAND Corporation, 2011 (The Long Shadow of 9/11: America’s Response to Terrorism, Ed. Bruce Michael Jenkins and Pau l Hodges, p. 4) The United States cannot prevent every terrorist attack, but it is much better equipped today to handle future terrorist threats. U.S. intelligence has shifted its priorities from nation-states to transnational actors and has reconfigured itself to meet the new threats. The intelligence operation that led to the successful raid on bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, displayed this greatly increased effectiveness. Al Qaeda’s ranks have been decimated, its capabilities degraded, not only as a result of U.S. intelligence, military, and Special Operations but also very much as a consequence of unprecedented international cooperation among the world’s security services and law enforcement organizations. 9|Page Port Security Negative BDL No WMD Terrorism [___] [___] No nuclear terror – terrorists cant acquire, build, or deliver a bomb Steve Chapman, reporter and editorial writer for Chicago Tribune, 2012 (RealClearPolitics, “The Implausibility of Nuclear Terrorism”, http://reason.com/archives/2012/05/17/the-implausibility-of-nuclear-terrorism) But remember: After Sept. 11, 2001, we all thought more attacks were a certainty. Yet al-Qaida and its ideological kin have proved unable to mount a second strike. Given their...
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