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2 legislators cite greater terror threat

WASHINGTON — The terrorism threat against the United States is increasing and Americans are not as safe as they were a year or two ago, the leaders of the House and Senate intelligence committees said.

Senator Dianne Feinstein said there are more terrorist groups than ever, with more sophisticated and hard-to-detect bombs. The California Democrat said ‘‘there is huge malevolence out there.’’

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Representative Mike Rogers said there is enormous pressure on US intelligence services ‘‘to get it right, to prevent an attack.’’

The Michigan Republican said that job is getting more difficult because Al Qaeda is changing, with more affiliates around the world. Rogers also said terrorists are adopting the idea that ‘‘maybe smaller events are OK’’ and still might achieve their goals.

‘‘That makes it exponentially harder for our intelligence services to stop an event like that from happening,’’ he said in a joint interview on CNN’s ‘‘State of the Union’’ that aired Sunday.

Rogers said Al Qaeda groups have changed their means of communication as a result of leaks about US surveillance programs, making it harder to detect potential plots in the early planning stages.

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