The CIA chief has warned that the Islamic State or IS is planning to carry out an attack in the United States.
The Paris terror attacks in November last year that killed 130 people happened due to an intelligence failure, CIA Director John Brennan told CBS News in an interview Sunday. Brennan said that the dreaded terror outfit made it possible using very sophisticated technologies and taking advantage of the newly available means of communication.
In a rare interview, the head of the CIA outlined the threat to America posed by IS and discussed other security concerns such as cyber and biological terror.
“I’m expecting them to try to put in place the operatives, the material or whatever else that they need to do or to incite people to carry out these attacks, clearly. So I believe that their attempts are inevitable,” Brennan said on the ’60 minutes’ program, adding that he doesn’t think their attempt will be successful.
Brennan claimed that US intelligence security services have stopped numerous IS attacks and operatives that have been moved from Iraq to Syria and into Europe. But there’s more in their arsenal, Brennan told CBS.
The CIA believes that IS has the ability to manufacture small quantities of chlorine and mustard gas, and export those chemicals to the West.
Brennan admitted that the cyber environment “can pose a very, very serious and significant attack vector for our adversaries if they want to take down our infrastructure, if they want to create havoc in transportation systems, if they want to do great damage to our financial networks.”
To a question, if other countries have the capability in turning the lights off in the United States, the CIA veteran of 36 years replied: “Fortunately right now those who may have the capability do not have the intent. Those who may have the intent right now I believe do not have the capability.”