“Credible” threat cited ahead of 9/11 milestone

Tenth anniversary ceremonies to go on as planned


Americans were warned Thursday of a “specific, credible but unconfirmed” threat of a terrorist attack planned to coincide with Sunday’s tenth anniversary of the 9/11 hijackings. New York police have been put on high alert ahead of the milestone date, with shifts extended and the number of officers on the street increased. According to ABC News, investigators are hunting for three men, one an American citizen, sent to the U.S. to carry out a “vehicle-borne attack against Washington, D.C. or New York.” Rumours of an anniversary attack have swirled for months. Documents found in Osama bin Laden’s compound suggest the late al-Qaeda leader hoped to bomb a train or fly a small plane into a public event ten years after he toppled the twin towers of the World Trade Center. For now, Sunday’s planned memorial at the site of the attacks will go on as scheduled.

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“Credible” threat cited ahead of 9/11 milestone

  1. Even ten years later I question the rationale behind these public notifications.

    It’s one thing to tell people to be on guard, since it’s an obvious anniversary for terrorists to try and exploit, but outright suggesting an attack may be iminent unless stopped, seems like fear mongering to me.

    While there’s no realistic probability of Al Qaeda or whomever overthrowing the west, they certainly want to remain relevant somehow, and their main weapon in this regard is striking terror in the hearts of people.

    So why do the terrorist’s work for them?

    • While I agree with you 100% that what they have (3 men (1 American) who may attack New York or Washington in a vehicle-borne attack) is pretty paltry info, IMAGINE if there was an attack and it came out that they had that much detail and never released it.  People would be outraged.  I will say one thing has changed since Obama is in and Bush is out.  Bush used to have increased “terrorist alert levels” seemingly everytime his popularity dipped.  They never gave any details of what mitigated the hightened alert.  At least Obama only provides the info, supposedly so people can keep their eyes open – like they did in NYC when they found the abandoned truck in Time Square.

      • I agree entirely with you both, the fear factor is employed in American politics to such a degree even Americans should notice it.
        The real issue is what is the nature of this redirection? Fear factor is always used to divert attention away from other issues the US government doesn’t want citizens to notice, and of course the ‘news media horse’ reacts immediately to the jerk on the reins. So what’s going on that is being buried?

      • Hmmm. Sounds more fair put that way, but I still wish they’d find a way to lessen the hype factor.

        Catch 22 I suppose.

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