“al-Qaeda is vulnerable now, but not defeated” says CIA Director Gral Petraeus.
New CIA Director David Petraeus and vicepresident Joe Biden, Photo Credit to MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images
The CIA Director said al-Qaeda is weaker and US intelligence agencies are smarter since the September 11 attacks 10 years ago, but the terrorists are still there and not defeated.
In his first week on the job, CIA director David Petraeus told members of Congress that al-Qaeda’s recent losses of Osama bin Laden and others have opened ‘an important window of vulnerability.’
Petraeus predicted that al-Qaeda leaders may even flee to Afghanistan or leave South Asia altogether to escape the CIA, which has quadrupled covert drone strikes against al-Qaeda under the Obama administration.
He testified at a joint congressional intelligence committee hearing.
Petraeus faced questioning on the use of harsh interrogation techniques like waterboarding, used by the Bush administration.He said while he did not support such techniques, he indicated it was time to stop investigating CIA interrogators who had employed them.
‘Now it is time to take the rear mirror off the bus and look forward … and move on,’ Petraeus said. READ MORE HERE