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Senate, House Intelligence Heads Agree On Rising US Terrorism Threat

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The leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees say the terrorism threat against the United States is increasing and Americans aren't as safe as they were a year or two ago. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

The leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees say the terrorism threat against the United States is increasing and Americans aren’t as safe as they were a year or two ago. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

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WASHINGTON (CBS DC/AP) — The leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees say the terrorism threat against the United States is increasing and Americans aren’t as safe as they were a year or two ago.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein says there are more terrorist groups than ever, with more sophisticated and hard-to-detect bombs. The California Democrat says — quote — “there is huge malevolence out there.”

Rep. Mike Rogers says there’s enormous pressure on U.S. intelligence services “to get it right, to prevent an attack.”

The Michigan Republican says that job is getting more difficult because al-Qaida is changing, with more affiliates around the world. He says those groups once operated independently of but had not joined al-Qaida.

The lawmakers spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union” in an interview aired Sunday.

“Are we safer now than we were a year ago, two years ago?” host Candy Crowley asked Feinstein.

“I don’t think so,” replied Feinstein.  “I see more groups; more fundamentalist, more jihadist, more determined to kill to get to where they want to get.”

“I absolutely agree that we’re not safer today,” said Rep. Rogers. 

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