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“Credible” But “Unconfirmed” Terror Threat For 9/11 Anniversary Reported

“Credible” But “Unconfirmed” Terror Threat For 9/11 Anniversary Reported

 

US counter-terrorism officials are assessing a “specific, credible, but unconfirmed” threat of a bombing timed to the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. According to the New York Times, the threat concerns an attack on New York City or Washington, D.C. using a car or truck bomb. An official with the Department of Homeland Security said that American intelligence agencies are in the “early stages” of “urgently pursuing leads overseas in an effort to gauge the seriousness of the threat.” President Obama had been briefed on Thursday morning, and members of Congress later during the day.

With the ten-year-anniversary approaching, the White House has been “scanning intelligence with extra vigilance before the anniversary.” With the new threat, the president has requested that the counter-terrorism community “redouble its efforts.”

Matt Chandler, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, said that a notebook of Osama bin Laden’s found after he was killed made reference to an attack ten years after 9/11 or on another “symbolic date”:

“As we always do before important dates like the anniversary of 9/11, we will undoubtedly get more reporting in the coming days. Sometimes this reporting is credible and warrants intense focus, other times it lacks credibility and is highly unlikely to be reflective of real plots under way.

“We continue to ask the American people to remain vigilant as we head into the weekend.

According to MSNBC, an administration official said that the threat “so far” was a “5 to 6 on a scale of 10.” ABC News says that the C.I.A. has “developed” information in the past 24 hours that “at least three individuals entered the U.S. in August by air with the intent to launch a vehicle-borne attack against Washington, D.C. or New York around the anniversary of 9/11, according to intelligence officials.”

MSNBC also reports that, as a result of the threat, the New York Police Department is stepping up protective measures. New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said that Ground Zero would be surrounded by a “frozen zone”:

Thousands of cops will be on duty, some carrying radiation detectors and sniper rifles. Extra attention will be given to the subway system, especially Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station and Herald Square.

Hundreds of surveillance cameras will monitor the site.

Kelly said quick-reaction forces will be assigned outside lower Manhattan.

The New York Daily News reports that police and federal officials have conducted bomb sweeps in garages in both New York City and Washington.

At a 9:45 pm press conference, New York City Mayor Bloomberg said that the threat had “not been corroborated and warned against an overreaction.” Noting that he plans to take the subway Friday morning as is his habit, Bloomberg said “The best thing we can do to fight terror is to not let it intimidate us.”

We’ll keep you updated as reports about the threat develop.

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3:07AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

I absolutely agree with you,Ted V. and I'd send you a green star if I knew how to do it! "Credible,specific but unconfirmed threat"!?What sort of 'gobbledeegook"is this;"CIA speak"maybe?Whatever it is,it is designed to keep the people fearful because that is the easiest way to divide and conquer.There are so many aspects of "9/11"which do not add up,but the one that will always stick in my mind was George W's "non-reaction"when he was told what had happened.It was almost like he knew beforehand that something terrible would happen!?There must be a lot of people out there with no consciences at all,a very scary thought!

3:04AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

I absolutely agree with you,Ted V. and I'd send you a green star if I knew how to do it! "Credible,specific but unconfirmed threat"!?What sort of 'gobbledeegook"is this;"CIA speak"maybe?Whatever it is,it is designed to keep the people fearful because that is the easiest way to divide and conquer.There are so many aspects of "9/11"which do not add up,but the one that will always stick in my mind was George W's "non-reaction"when he was told what had happened.It was almost like he knew beforehand that something terrible would happen!?There must be a lot of people out there with no consciences at all,a very scary thought!

5:32PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

911 was an inside job. Why did Building #7 go down like a planned demolition, just like the Towers? Why didn't the Air Force shoot down the errant airliners as per SOP? Why are there thermite particles in the dust from 911? I say '911' rather than '9/11' because Cheney and friends were so arrogant they thought it would be funny to strike on 9/11 and everyone'd be too credulous to figure it out.

3:12PM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

So far so good......

9:42AM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

I knew thatw as coming waited all week for it, figured friday was 'hold your breath day'..but we got thru friday and so far today saturday...wondering if tomorrow actual 9-11 is the target day for them..or maybe monday being a business day (why I thought friday was it)...if we make it past monday with no 'news' I think my nerves will settle.

2:37AM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

With Obama bending over to Big Oil, the US doesn't need terrorists to bring them down, mother nature will take care of that for them if you keep polluting the planet.

2:30AM PDT on Sep 10, 2011

Its better to stay informed rather than not informed and then individuals can decide what they want to do in those specific cities. But I opined that America is better prepared than 5 years or a decade ago in terms of response and how to go about resolving issues credibly without mere panic. This is something learned and cannot be taught from the books.

8:49PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Stop the Anniversary shit and take care of the first responders.

7:57PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

So, what about the other 364 days of golden opportunity? 24 hours in a day...oooh, they could attack this very minute! 60 seconds...it could be any second now...shall we count nanoseconds next? We are ALL gonna die, sometime.Be afraid, be very afraid!

6:42PM PDT on Sep 9, 2011

Well hope New York and D.C. stays safe.

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