"As to your first question as to whether we have found affiliates or, as you would call them, cells of Al Qaida in the United States, yes, we have. Again, I cannot get into it in public session, but I would say yes, we have."In a rare public statement in London, Mueller said in early April that al-Qaida could be defeated. Al-Qaida presents a three-tiered threat and it's his belief AQ can be beaten within three and half years.
"And every opportunity I have, I reaffirm the fact that 99.9 percent of Muslim-Americans or Sikh-Americans, Arab-Americans are every bit as patriotic as anybody else in this room, and that many of our cases are a result of the cooperation from the Muslim community in the United States," Mueller said.
The top tier was the core of the organisation which had established new sanctuaries in Pakistan's tribal areas.The key to countering the threats, Mueller believes, is human intelligence sources, wiretaps, and international coordination. Most of the terror cases the FBI works originated with intel from foreign sources, especially Britain. The FBI meets with their British counterparts face to face more than 20 times a week for tea and to compare notes.
The middle tier was the most complex, consisting of small, self-directed groups like the London bombers of 7/7 who had some ties to al-Qaeda's leadership.
The bottom tier, said Mr Mueller, was made up of homegrown extremists who met on the internet instead of in foreign training camps.
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