Counterterrorism efforts have crippled al-Qaida, world overreacts to Abdulmutallab plot

Extensive training and resources such as US bank accounts, access to flight schools, and low flight security levels all gave al-Qaida an edge before 9/11 and fostered the 9/11 attacks. But counterterrorism efforts and scrutiny of finance and air travel systems have seen to it that much of what was once available to al-Qaida now is not.

While a terrorist attack was attempted on Christmas Day, its scale and sophistication pale in comparison to 9/11. This article argues that al-Qaida has been weakened as a result of security efforts, and the public as well as the government has overreacted.

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