They "look Western," he said, and "wouldn't attract your attention if they were going through the customs line at (Washington) Dulles (International Airport) with you when you're coming back from overseas."Read more here.
These new recruits, Hayden told NBC's "Meet the Press," "would be able to come into this country without attracting the kind of attention that others might."
In other words, they wouldn't fit the typical Middle Eastern profile, and their non-Arabic surnames wouldn't likely show up in any terror watch list. In fact, they might not even need visas if they enter from Europe.
Forget the image of Mohamed Atta and the other 9/11 hijackers. The next al-Qaida-trained terror cell could feature blue-eyed blonds and even women.
Hayden's warning dovetails with German intelligence. Authorities there reveal that terrorist suspects under surveillance include several Germans who have converted to Islam and recently trained at al-Qaida camps in Pakistan.
At the same time, U.S. officials note al-Qaida's use of women to carry out suicide attacks in Iraq is an alarming new twist. Women are checked less often by security because of Muslim sensitivities.
Hayden added that al-Qaida's leaders, including Osama bin Laden, have carved out a "safe haven" inside Pakistan where they continue to plot their war against America. "The situation along that Afghanistan-Pakistan border presents a clear and present danger to the West and to the United States in particular," he asserted.
"Do you believe that's where Osama bin Laden is?" NBC host Tim Russert asked.
"Yes," Hayden replied.
It's from this new base that the al-Qaida kingpin and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, last month released tapes threatening the West with "severe" punishment. In a cryptic warning, Bin Laden said the next strike "will be what you see and not what you hear."
"It's very clear to us that al-Qaida has been able over the last 18 months or so to establish a safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border area that they have not enjoyed before," the CIA chief said. And "they are bringing operatives into that region for training."
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