2-24-4 WASHINGTON --
America's assault on al-Qa'eda has scattered
its terrorist expertise across the globe, meaning that the
United States will be menaced by Islamic extremism "for the
foreseeable future", the CIA director, George Tenet, said
He offered the Senate intelligence committee a bleak vision of
a war on terrorism without end, in which even the destruction
of al-Qa'eda would not make America safe.
The CIA chief, a Clinton appointee, has become a target of
Washington's hawks, who have blamed his agency for flawed
pre-war intelligence on Iraq and called for his
Mr Tenet said American operations had created "disarray in
al-Qa'eda's central leadership" and destroyed safe havens in
Pakistan, Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
But Osama bin Laden's destructive expertise had been broadly
disseminated throughout the extremist branches of Sunni
He added that intelligence had uncovered "chilling" plots
involving ships, aircraft and "special weapons".