- Kingston, NY, 29 December 2009 - For months, on radio,
TV and in alerts to Trends Journal® subscribers, Gerald Celente,
Director of The Trends Research Institute, forecast that terrorist attacks
were imminent, and that in 2010 they would intensify within US borders
- In an on-air 13 November interview with the Governor
of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty, Celente said "we are looking for terror
strikes to become very probable in 2010." Singling out the barely
reported Saudi/Yemen hostilities and citing the US-instigated massive attacks
by the Pakistani military in the Swat Valley and South Wazirstan, Celente
warned that the stage had been set for another round of terrorist activity.
- "The years of war in Afghanistan and Iraq have intensified
anti-American and anti-NATO hatred," said Celente, "creating
legions bent on seeking revenge. And now with America aggressively spreading
its War on Terror into Pakistan, we see a strong possibility of the animosity
metastasizing into far-flung strikes, potentially of 9/11 magnitude."
- The Christmas Day attempt to blow an airliner out of
the sky and onto the streets of Detroit is an omen of what to expect in
2010, predicted Celente. However, Homeland Security Secretary, Janet
Napolitano, making the talk show rounds, saw it differently. "We
have no indication that it is part of anything larger," she said.
- "Whether the issue is terror or the economy; whether
it's the head of Homeland Security or the Federal Reserve, it's the same
old story, with the same old people who didn't see it coming telling us
what to expect next," observed Celente.
- "Terrorism has evolved. Big-time terror is becoming
more self-radicalizing. They don't need an organized movement such as
Al Qaeda or a leader like bin Laden to wreak havoc. A whole generation
of Muslims enraged by US occupations, Predator drone strikes on their
sovereign nations, ongoing civilian deaths, and belligerent US foreign
policy initiatives is preparing to do unto others as others have
been doing unto them.
- Celente said the Nigerian-born terrorist who tried to
bring down Northwest Flight 253, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, demonstrates
the scope, capabilities and global reach of the terror spectrum: the lone-wolf,
the professionally trained but unaffiliated, and the organized terror groups
and cells. Thus, even if the explosives and training came from Yemen-based
al Quaeda, the inspiration to suicide-bomb the airplane could have been
self-initiated rather than an instance of an obedient soldier following
- The outrage is not confined to any specific demographic,
stereotype or profile. It ranges from the well-educated and well-off,
Abdulmutallab, son of a banker who lived in a three-million dollar London
apartment, to the poor and oppressed.
- As Celente forecast in the Top Trends of 2010 issue
of the Trends Journal®, "There's a high probability of wild
card terror-strikes with the potential to cripple the global economy."
- Oil spikes, market crashes and financial panic will ensue
should an attack of 9/11 scale hit the US or any major oil producer. "The
cross-border fighting between Saudi Arabia and the Yemeni Houthi rebels
is precisely the type of conflict that could destabilize world oil markets.
Should the fighting intensify, the Saudi's risk an attack upon their oil
facilities, which could curtail supplies, drive prices higher and seriously
damage the already imperiled world economy," said Celente.
- Yemen, which suffered through civil war 15 years ago,
is again being torn apart by religious and ethnic tensions in both North
and South. With 50 percent of the population under age 15 "We're
looking at an incredibly unstable situation over the long term," says
Celente. "Anti-Americanism is the one unifying sentiment. At a
rare public rally in South Yemen, Al Qaeda militants told the crowd 'there
is no problem between us and you. The problem is between us and America
and its lackeys.'"
- Celente cautions that economic turmoil and disruptions
to the US infrastructure and daily life due to terrorist acts are a strong
immediate probability, not a distant possibility. "Before terror
strikes, our advice is to prepare for the worst. What if banks close and
ATMs crash? Will you have cash on hand to make it through a crisis? What
if a nuclear power plant is attacked and you live within range of fallout?
What if a WMD, dirty bomb or biochemical weapon is detonated in your city?
Do you have escape plans and escape routes? If anything less than the
worst happens it's always possible to pull back. For the unprepared there
is no fallback position and few options," concluded Celente.
- To schedule an interview with Gerald Celente, or to read
more about the trend "Terror 2010" from The Trends Research Institute's
new Trends Journal©, please contact:
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