Attempted terrorist attacks are on the rise and we should expect more to come according to a recent memo from the Department of Homeland Security. Three weeks after the country saw the attempted Times Square bombing, an unclassified DHS intelligence memo asserts not only that â€œthe number and pace of attempted attacks against the United States over the past nine months have surpassed the number of attempts during any other previous on-year period,â€ but also that terrorists can be expected to attempt attacks on the U.S. with â€œincreased frequency.â€
With the addition of the Times Square attempt, there have now been a total of 31 known terrorist plots thwarted since 9/11. Of these plots, seven occurred in the past nine months- inspiring some, like White House chief counterterrorism adviser John Brennan, to assert that the U.S. has come upon â€œa new phase of the terrorist threat.â€ The fact, however, that terrorists are trying to attack Americans is not a new phenomenonâ€”and has happened every year since 9/11.
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