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Gen. Hayden: Lone-Wolf Terror Attacks Will Continue

By    |   Friday, 24 Oct 2014 07:01 PM

The U.S. and Canada are prepared to prevent large-scale attacks by terrorists, but smaller, lone-wolf assaults like the one in Ottawa are likely to continue, says retired four-star Gen. Michael Hayden, the former director of the CIA and the National Security Agency.

"That's one of the troubling and saddening things about this. Beyond a certain point, attacks like this are not preventable," Hayden said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"They are going to happen. Now the good news, and this may sound a little harsh … but what happened in Canada, in Ottawa, earlier this week was indeed a tragedy, but it wasn't a catastrophe.

"We have made it very difficult, it's not impossible for our enemies to inflict the kind of damage on us with those mass casualty attacks that they prefer. But what we're now left is this, the one-off, self-radicalized individual."

Hayden said because of successful programs to thwart terrorism on U.S. soil, future attacks against the homeland will be less well organized, less complex, less and likely to succeed.

"[And they will be] less lethal even if they do succeed. They're just going to be more numerous and that's our current reality," he said.

"There's probably evidence that we're going to see these kinds of events, self-radicalized, lone wolf kinds of folks.

The fact that the United States has taken the action it has in Iraq and Syria, and I full support it … that's going to draw these people out of the woodwork in order to lash out and try to exact some sort of vengeance against what they perceive to be a hostile United States, or as earlier this week, a hostile Canada."

On Wednesday, Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot a soldier to death at Canada's national war memorial, then stormed the Parliament building, where he was gunned down by the sergeant-at-arms. Canadian authorities — worried that Zehaf-Bibeau, a recent Muslim convert, had terrorist ambitions — had seized his passport before the attack.

And in New York City, a homegrown radical attacked four rookie officers with an ax, which authorities described as a terrorist act.

New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said Zale Thompson was a Muslim convert who ranted online against America. He believes Thompson was self-radicalized.

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