Adams: Tackling the Threat from Within

In 2001, on the 10th day of July, The New York Times published an op-ed titled “The Declining Terrorist Threat.” The author argued that terrorism reached its zenith in the 1980s, so it was not a serious security challenge confronting the United States. Two months later – nearly to the day – the 9/11 terrorist attacks occurred, leaving 2,977 people dead.  The United States cannot afford to fall victim to the same complacency and lack of imagination that led the national security infrastructure to believe that a 9/11 scale attack was impossible. Contemporary attacks, like the Jan. 6 Insurrection...

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