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Feb. 2 - Al Qaeda, in cooperation with its affiliates, intends to coordinate a large-scale terrorist attack on the U.S. within the next six months. Dennis C. Blair, U.S. Director of National Intelligence, informed legislators of Al Qaeda's plans in a Senate hearing along with top officials from the Central Intelligence Agency (C.I.A.) and the Federal Bureau of Intelligence (F.B.I). In addition to the threat of a physical attack on American soil, Blair mentioned the growing probability that Al Qaeda would destroy computer networks and target telecommunications. These announcements mark a departure from Blair's outlook last year, when he expressed confidence in the U.S.'s ability to weaken Al Qaeda networks.
Feb. 8 - In the first edition of his new radio talk show, "Suddenly Chavez," Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez declared a nationwide electricity emergency due to a drought's drain on hydroelectric power supplies. This decree allows the government to implement immediate emergency measures, including rationing, seeding clouds for rain and investing in thermoelectric generators. Chavez instituted rolling blackouts starting in January to ration electricity, but he was forced to restore power in Caracas, the capital, when citizens began to riot. The announcement comes as Chavez's approval rating drops to 50 percent from 60 percent last year. Water shortages and increased crime have also contributed to the president's decrease in popularity.
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