Mike Morell, a former deputy director of the CIA, told CBS News there is a terror group that poses a more serious and direct threat to America than ISIS.
“Khorasan members came from Pakistan,” Morell told the corporate media news network. “They focus on attacks in the West.”
Morell said the terrorist group known until recently only to the government is focused on threats to aviation. The group believes “if they damage the airlines they can damage the American economy, as we saw with 9/11,” Morell explained.
“Unlike ISIS, which is believed at present to be largely engulfed in its fight for territory. Khorasan is developing fresh plots to target U.S. aviation, and it’s trying to recruit Westerners who have flocked to the fight in Syria, some of whom have joined the al Qaeda franchise in the country, known as the al-Nusra Front… The fear is that U.S. and European passport holders could more easily smuggle explosives onto airplanes.”
The al-Nusra Front has pledged allegiance to ISIS.
CBS reports Khorasan is especially dangerous because it supposedly has access to AQAP, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, and its alleged master bomb maker.
As we noted in August as the hyped ISIS threat began to pick up steam, al-Qaeda’s purported mastery with explosives is primarily the stuff of myth. From Faisal Shahzad and the Times Square plot to the pathetic attempt to blow up Northwest Airlines 253 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, al-Qaeda’s track record is at best dismal.
Ibrahim al-Asiri, a Saudi with a murky background, is said to be al-Qaeda’s bomb maker. He allegedly made the bombs discovered on cargo planes in Dubai. That bungled plot and the Northwest Airlines 253 caper were reportedly the work of Anwar al-Awlaki, the former FBI operative who dined at the Pentagon just months after 9/11.
CIA boss John Brennan recently told CBS that U.S. officials were “doing what we can” to track al-Asiri down and said his “time will come.”
The question is why did the government conceal the supposed Khorasan threat to aviation after Obama’s ISIS war speech and after weeks of hyperventilating about the terror threat by the establishment media and neocon members of Congress.
Only the United States government and its intelligence agencies are aware of Khorasan and they have not provided evidence to verify that it and a threat to aviation actually exist.
The unsubstantiated Khorasan threat is perfectly timed to coincide with the ISIS threat. It will be used as a multiplier as the United States and soon the United Nations and NATO ramp up for the ISIS war.