- "We judge the US Homeland will face a persistent and evolving terrorist threat over the next three years."
- "Al-Qa'ida is and will remain the most serious terrorist threat to the Homeland."
- [A bulleted point] "As a result, we judge that the United States currently is in a heightened threat environment."
- "We assess that al-Qa'ida will continue to enhance its capabilities to attack the Homeland through greater cooperation with regional terrorist groups."
- "We assess that al-Qa'ida will continue to try to acquire and employ chemical, biological, radiological, or nuclear material in attacks."
- "We assess that globalization trends and recent technological advances will continue to enable even small numbers of alienated people to find and connect with one another, justify and intensify their anger, and mobilize resources to attack—all without requiring a centralized terrorist organization, training camp, or leader."
- "The ability to detect broader and more diverse terrorist plotting in this environment will challenge current US defensive efforts and the tools we use to detect and disrupt plots."
Three monkeys and a bottle of vodka would have produced a more interesting assessment.