Peter King: US Can Block WMD Attack on Homeland

Tuesday, 15 Feb 2011 09:09 AM

By Henry J. Reske and Ashley Martella

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House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King tells Newsmax.TV he is optimistic that the United States can thwart any terrorist attempt to use a weapon of mass destruction within the country.

The Long Island Republican was commenting on a Newsmax report setting the probability of such an attempted attack at 100 percent. The estimate came from Vahid Majidi, the FBI’s assistant director in charge of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate.

“I would say it’s at least 100 percent that it’s going to be attempted,” King agreed during a separate, exclusive Newsmax.TV interview. “Terrorists, al-Qaida in particular, Islamic terrorists, certainly they targeted the U.S. , certainly we know that they want to use a weapon of mass destruction, at the very least a dirty bomb, so no we have to be on our guard continually for it.

“I’m being optimistic to the extent that I’m saying that if we do everything we can and if we don’t tie our hands behind our back we could well be able to stop it. There’s no guarantee, the only guarantee I can give you is they will try it. But I want to do all I can to make sure it doesn’t happen. I don’t want to be overly negative right now but I am concerned.”

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