FBI Director, Robert Mueller said on Friday, in a speech before the Council of Foreign Relations, that al-Qaeda will not go away quietly and is regenerating its cabalities to attack - particularly with home-grown groups in a number of countries who aren't directly related to al-Qaeda but who relate to them. All they need is an Internet connection.
"We must anticipate that terrorists will try to obtain weapons of mass destruction, but also that they will turn cars into bombs and drive them into airports. We must prevent extremists from building suicide vests, but must also stop them from gunning down soldiers at Fort Dix or blowing up a pipeline at JFK...We are seeking terrorist leaders in foreign bases, and also lone actors in suburban basements, and also small but sophisticated groups who want to carry out terrorist attacks. The threat exists not only in the mountains of Pakistan, but also in the shadows of the Internet....But we cannot allow ourselves to become complacent. While we guard against terrorism every day, we must recognize that we may be attacked again. Terrorists have attacked other nations. And they still want to attack us.