There are two models for a Terror attack on the USA this election year. The first would occur before the election such as the attack on Spain while the other attack would come shortly after such as the attack on England. It would seem that our intelligence experts have largely rejected the possibility of an attack before the election because the United States response would be selected by President Bush. In addition there is an increased likelihood that a terror attack would accompany an Obama victory and a much less likelihood that terrorists would care to test John McCain. Consider this from a story in the Telegraph UK:
Intelligence chiefs expect an attempt to emulate the terrorist strikes on Britain when Gordon Brown took power and are concerned that Russia or Iran could use the 77 days of paralysis between the election and the inauguration on January 20 for acts of international brinkmanship, like the invasion of Georgia.
Officials from both campaigns have been asked to briefings after warnings from US intelligence that terrorists and rogue states will seek to exploit the power vacuum following November’s presidential election.
For the first time in American history the FBI has begun vetting likely officials of the next administration before the election, to ensure they have security clearance to deal with crises on day one.
The Bush Administration has formed the earliest transition team in history to ensure a smooth transition and avoid the 2000 transition fiasco in which election challenges delayed the seating of Bush’s team for nearly a year. The FBI is hard at work investigating the possible appointments of either an Obama or McCain Administration. Again from the Telegraph:
The transition of power in the US is a chaotic process. More than 1,100 political appointees in senior posts have to be approved by the Senate, a process that can take months.
President Bush’s creation of this Presidential Transition Coordinating Council, the earliest ever, is designed to avoid a repeat of the situation on September 11 2001, when only one third of his national security appointees had been approved by the Senate, nine months into his presidency.
There’s a determined effort to make sure that the next President is up and running no matter the tests involved and the Obama campaign in particular is taking full advantage of the opportunity. Mr. Obama has apparently formed the game plan for his first 100 days in office and has drafted any number of executive orders that could be implemented as soon as he is sworn in.
Consider this story at the Telegraph UK