Experts say terrorism threats remain serious but the nation is safer

first_img“The enemy is not standing still. They are constantly revising their tactics and adapting their strategy and their capabilities,” said Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller stressed the importance of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act – known as FISA – and said the country would lose half of the tools it uses to fight terrorism if lawmakers choose to roll back its powers. Despite the confidence expressed by top administration officials, fewer Americans believe the country is adequately prepared for another attack. A CBS News/New York Times poll taken Sept. 4-9 found that 39 percent of Americans think the country is sufficiently ready – down from 49 percent a year ago and 64 percent in March 2003, when the war in Iraq began. By Eileen Sullivan THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON – Weapons of mass destruction, small boats packed with explosives and Islamic radicalization are the greatest terrorist threats facing the country, top U.S. security officials said Monday on the eve of the sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The officials told Congress the country is much better prepared to face terrorist threats than it was then, but that terrorists’ desire to attack the United States remains strong – an assertion that has yet to be fully accepted by the American public, according to a new poll. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more