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U.S. misses opportunity to hit over 100 al-Qaida members with drone attack

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Retiring Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, revealed to CNN yesterday that members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula have altered their communications operations.

White House leaks concerning operations against al-Qaida caused the terrorist organization to reorganize their organization since the incidents became known last year. Hidden video captured a meeting of over 100 al-Qaida members in Yemen months ago.

Rogers wants to know if U.S. intelligence knew about this gathering that included top drawer members or were “asleep” at the switch. Obviously it would have been the perfect occasion for a drone strike.

Because of loose lips in the White House, al-Qaida now relies once again on old-fashioned couriers to deliver key messages. It is the same method being used when bin Laden was tracked down and killed.

For anyone at the White House to make excuses would be, well, inexcusable. The number two leader of al-Qaida, Al-Wuhaushi, is seen in the footage posted on jihadist websites. He appears to make direct threats at the United States.

In the translation he says, "We must eliminate the cross. The bearer of the cross is America.” In CIA translation, “I am ripe for a drone attack.”

Rogers told CNN he couldn’t reveal if the U.S. intelligence community knew about the meeting or not. His gut feeling is they were not. "Those series of leaks have had a consequence. I think they have these meetings more often than people realize," Rogers said.

It appears that Al-Qaida is feeling "empowered" because it believes the West doesn't know what to do, the retiring congressman concluded.

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