Tuesday, January 31, 2012

U.S. Intel Head : Greatest Threats In 2012

FBI Director Robert Mueller (left) and Director of National IntelligenceJames Clapper (right) are greeted by Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republican and vice chairman of the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, in the Hart Senate Office Building in D.C., before a hearing on worldwide threats. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

U.S. Intel Head James Clapper On Greatest Threats In 2012 -- ABC News

The man in charge of all of America's intelligence gathering testified today before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence for the annual Worldwide Threat Assessment. The following are excerpts from National Director of Intelligence James Clapper's prepared remarks as provided to ABC News.

On Iran: We Don't Know If They'll Go for The Bomb, 'Concerned' About Attack on U.S.

"We assess Iran is keeping open the option to develop nuclear weapons, in part by developing various nuclear capabilities that better position it to produce such weapons, should it choose to do so. We do not know, however, if Iran will eventually decide to build nuclear weapons. Iran nevertheless is expanding its uranium enrichment capabilities, which can be used for either civil or weapons purposes."

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Update #1:
Major Points of US Worldwide Threat Assessment -- Voice of America
Update #2: Intelligence report cites strides, threats -- CNN
Update #3: Intelligence chief: Iran, Russia, China top intel threats to U.S. -- Washington Times

My Comment: This intelligence gathering in front of the US Intelligence Committee is still ongoing. A lot of issues are being covered, and we will update and summarize what was discussed in front of the committee by the end of today.

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