Obama Warns of Norway-Style “Lone Wolf” Attack

With the Sept. 11 attacks anniversary fast approaching, U.S. President Barack Obama said in a CNN interview that the greatest security concern for the government is not a coordinated terrorist attack but violence that may be perpetrated by a “lone wolf” terrorist.

Obama said the probability of a Norway-style attack happening in the U.S. is higher compared to similar attacks carried out by suspected al-Qaeda operative on September 11, 2001, when hi-jacked planes were crashed into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York City, the Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania. “The biggest concern we have right now is not the launching of a major terrorist operation, although that risk is always there,” Obama said. “The risk that we’re especially concerned over right now is the lone wolf terrorist, somebody with a single weapon being able to carry out wide-scale massacres of the sort that we saw in Norway recently.”

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security also issued a joint memo, saying that “lone wolf” attackers are harder to detect. “Recent lone offender attacks and plots in the United States and abroad illustrate the effectiveness of the small-arms tactic and the need for continued vigilance and awareness of this tactic.”