CIA Deputy Director for Operations James Pavitt warns that a new terrorist attack is unavoidable, despite all efforts to prevent it and the fact that the CIA is now “stealing more secrets” than ever.
“Now for the hard truth. Despite the best efforts of so much of the world, the next terrorist attack — it’s not a question of if, it’s a question of when,” Pavitt says. “With so many possible targets and an enemy more than willing to die, the perfect defense isn’t possible.”
Pavitt says mounting foolproof countermeasures against terrorism would require sacrificing many of civil liberties that define America and would create the kind of society that “is not worth defending.”