Former CIA director calls homegrown terror threat ‘a witch’s brew’

Bridget Johnson
The Hill

A former director of the CIA described the greater likelihood that terror attacks on U.S. soil would come from an American resident as “a witch’s brew.”

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Michael Hayden, who served under President George W. Bush and stepped down in February 2009, said the “new flavor of threat” was different from “the traditional high-threshold mass casualty attack” that would originate in the al Qaeda stronghold in the tribal regions of Pakistan.

“It’s much more difficult for us to defend against those kinds of attacks,” Hayden said of terror plots originating from franchises in the U.S.

“They will be less lethal if they do succeed,” he said. “But they will unfortunately almost certainly be more numerous.”

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