US worries about 9/11 bomb threat

2011-09-09 08:20

Washington - US officials said on Thursday they were investigating a credible but unconfirmed threat that al-Qaeda was planning to use a car bomb to target bridges or tunnels in New York City or Washington to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, the first tip of an "active plot" around that date.

The Homeland Security Department said the threat is credible and specific, but unconfirmed. The nation's terror alert level has not changed, but raising it was under consideration on Thursday night.

Law enforcement officials were investigating three people who recently entered the US. The threat was received by the US intelligence community late on Wednesday night, officials said.

"There is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information," said Janice Fedarcyk, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's New York division. "As we always do before important dates like the anniversary of 9/11, we will undoubtedly get more reporting in the coming days."

Security has been enhanced around the country in the weeks leading up to the 10th anniversary. Law enforcement officials have been wary, particularly after information gleaned from Osama bin Laden's compound in May indicated that al-Qaeda had considered attacking the US on the anniversary and other important dates.


The threat came in a single piece of information and was so specific - and came at such a time of already heightened alert - that it could not be ignored. The officials described the threat to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive security matters.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters that police there were deploying additional resources around the city, but that New Yorkers should go about their business as usual.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department issued a joint intelligence bulletin on Thursday night to law enforcement around the country urging them to maintain enhanced security and be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Some District of Columbia police officers received an internal memo from department management on Thursday saying that the city had received "credible threats" and that additional staffing would be required, according to a law enforcement source who had seen the memo. Police in both cities were increasing their already beefed-up staffing levels in light of the recent intelligence.

President Barack Obama was briefed on the threat information on Thursday morning and directed the counterterrorism community to redouble its efforts in response to the information, a White House official said.

Checking out details

White House officials said there were no plans to change Obama's travel schedule on Sunday in light of the threat. The president is scheduled to mark the 9/11 anniversary with stops at New York's Ground Zero, the Pentagon and Shanksville. He will also deliver remarks on Sunday night at a memorial concert at the Kennedy Centre in Washington.

Law enforcement officials are checking out all of the details included in the threat, said Representative Peter King.

"No need to panic," King said. "They have not been able to confirm it yet."

On Thursday morning, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told reporters that there was "a lot of chatter" around the anniversary of the attacks but that there was no information about a specific threat. 

  • zulufox - 2011-09-09 08:24

    and the sun is shining, the grass is green and water can make you wet ...

      jontheb - 2011-09-09 09:06

      when will the US paranoia end?

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-09 09:48

      Bombs away !!!

      Megan - 2011-09-09 10:07

      jontheb: only when the american populations wakes up and comes to term with the fact that 9/11 was not a terrorist attack executed by middle eastern forces but a well co-ordinated american military operation... maybe this whole terrorism thing will come to an end. I'm not saying that there aren't genuine terrorists threats out there, but I just can't help thinking that if the states kept their noses out of places that do not involve them, none of these things would happen. I've spent a lot of time working with Americans, and any population who allows themselves to be THAT brainwashed doesn't deserve the sympathy from the rest of world. Not after what they've done to people in other countries throughout the world... Hiroshima is just the start of it.

      Libertador - 2011-09-09 15:19

      The problem with the American public visa vi war, they seem to be under the impression that it is a Hollywood movie and all the dead will get up and walk away. They have been so brainwashed as to be like cabbages, as long as Disneyland carries on and McDonalds keeps going all is well. Their political system has been taken over by the worst kind of people you could imagine, they are thugs working for the corporate thugs who fund them. Nothing will change until the US population wakes up from their dream world and find some backbone. America has the highest percentage of arrogant and brainwashed people in the world. Now add 30 years to arrogance and brainwashed and you get an overwhelming culture of stupidity. When you have 300 millions of such poor souls, they constitutes an infinite supply of ready-made fools.

  • YHK - 2011-09-09 08:31

    “If people can be made to believe absurdities, then they can be made to accept atrocities." - M. Chossudovsky

  • Michael007 - 2011-09-09 08:38

    Please, these articles are just more prove that they are setting us up for another False Flag event! Watch this space!

  • nninkies - 2011-09-09 08:39

    Lord Have Mercy!!!

  • Jamie - 2011-09-09 08:41

    While the US is busy celebrating the 3000 odd who died in 9/11, they should cast their minds back to 8/45, and the 220 000 people who died at their hands in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

      slojam - 2011-09-09 08:54

      Or post 9/11 where 100's of thousands died at the hands of their leaders? Bunch of paranoid sh1ts!

      Luapolku - 2011-09-09 09:21

      and what about the 2 million killed in iraq and afhanistaan, 2000 000/3000 = 667. so you killed 667 for every 1 American killed and you want the world to cry on the annivesary of 911. and btw 911 was an inside job, so dont bring up the retaliation issue.

      Felix - 2011-09-09 09:35

      45th of August?

      Zelios - 2011-09-09 09:42

      Oh but Americans think their country is the centre of the universe. It's outlandish and terrible if an American dies, but if it's someone from another country, who cares? Many other countries have better reasons to mourn the anniversary of such atrocities, but because it is America everyone must feel sorry for them and make preference for them.

      King Solomon - 2011-09-09 09:42

      And remember the attack on Pearl Harbour? Who started that? Idiot.

      Parko - 2011-09-09 09:44

      @Jamie - the atomic bomb was a terrible thing , but it was necessary at to end the war ( Japan was running rampant at that stage ). After the war , the US pumped millions into Japan to help them rebuild and today they are close allies. While the US is not perfect , they spend millions of their tax money every year protecting the world and get no thanks. Remember Al Quaeda sees every Non Muslim as their enemy simply because you are non Muslim.

      Zee - 2011-09-09 10:05

      @Parko - firstly, there should never be a need to use nuclear bombs on civilians, to end or war or not. End it through legal means, not by killing hundreds of thousands from the air - that's just cowardly. Secondly, if you really think America's invasions of sovereign countries has made the world safer, you are greatly mistaken. The only thing it has done has caused anger and dispair to more civilians who before were neutral and are now hostile towards the west. So the woprld today is far more dangerous than it was in 2001, and America has an enormous hand in that. They are upping the fear tactics, creating paranoia amongst their own people so that they can control their population and it's rights. Everyone loses out, except for the heads of the defense companies, oil companies and a few very very now rich politicians.

      Komasa - 2011-09-09 13:40

      @felix you notice no one commented on your ignorance?

  • pitchblack - 2011-09-09 08:53

    ROFL...what a joke! Go ahead America...take away more of the yanks civil liberties. I wonder which law they gonna enforce next!

  • falcon2020 - 2011-09-09 08:56

    you shoudl be worried, mighty USA thinks themselves the world

  • Winsome - 2011-09-09 08:58

    What's with the anti USA comments here? Let the first nation without "sin" cast the first stone (or drop the first bomb)!

      Badballie - 2011-09-09 09:36

      America is the Beast, and forget nations here, they have long since proved themselves to be the enemy of the common man, the commoner now judges and finds all in power to be self serving and enemies of the people.

      Libertador - 2011-09-09 12:51

      America is a serial killer,the greatest killer of humanity in the last sixty years. It can't get enough of it. It will take every opportunity to spill blood. Blood for America means money, lots of money. Blood for America also means oil and more military bases and more control of the world. America is like a giant Vampire. It holds a Bible in one hand while it's sucking you dry! If America gains control of our world, well, just look at what is happening inside its own borders to see how the world will end up. Destroy the Vampire!

  • MSHAZIE - 2011-09-09 09:01

    Come on people...what on earth is going on here? Why all these false alerts? If al-Qaeda was to strike,non would me on that one!

      Wes - 2011-09-09 09:09

      So you belong to Al Qaeda? Can I claim my reward for turning you in?

      JustinD - 2011-09-09 09:50

      Why, are your friends involved?

  • QuestionSam - 2011-09-09 09:03

    Funny how Obama is talking about job creation and stimulating the US economy ... I am not a conspiricy theorist, but link that speech to possible "demolitions" or these threats.... Breaks my heart that so many people suffer the decisions of others, so many loved ones...

  • shane.jacoby - 2011-09-09 09:03

    The US propaganda machine at work again! The Taliban achieved what they wanted to do and personally I think the Americans are over imagining things again! The world does not revolve around the US! It's been 10 yrs... Let it go now! We can understand for those who lost loved ones, but seriously! Every single year they make a spectacle about it! Get over yourselves!

  • jabski - 2011-09-09 09:06

    meanwhile the easter bunny has just phoned santa and told him the tooth fairy hasnt turned up for work for 2 days

      King Solomon - 2011-09-09 09:46

      This is one for the CCMA.

  • Verbatim - 2011-09-09 09:06

    The level of ignorance that some people portray on this issue is staggeringly african in nature. 9\11 is the most important singular event this century. It has and still is shaping the world today. Al Qaeda attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, to provoke America into what it calls a “bleeding war” in Afghanistan. Bin Laden’s goal was to recreate the quagmire that bled dry the Soviet Union in the 1980s with America as the victim. George Bush gave him a bonus – bleeding war in Iraq and bin Laden’s protégé Abu Musaib Zarqawi quickly turned it into a civil warAl Qaeda’s December 25, 2009, attack on Detroit, which failed only because the suicide bomber misfired his bomb, was also intended to provoke America into another war, this time in Yemen. Al Qaeda proudly said its goal was to snare America into “the final trap.” Face it people. This war is far from over. And to all the people who hate the US, if they crumble and go down, we are all in BIG trouble. Especially the beggar continent that is Africa. Under Zawahiri we can expect Al Qaeda and its allies like Lashkar-e-Taiba, or LeT, to try to provoke more conflict in the decade ahead. War between the nuclear powers India and Pakistan is at the top of their agenda. THATS NUCLEAR WAR PEOPLE. WORLD KILLER TYPE. So please take off your ignorant caps and start paying attention.

      Beachboy - 2011-09-09 09:26

      Go to site - read and make up your own minds.

      Michael007 - 2011-09-09 09:33

      No Verbatim, Al-Qaeda never attack the US on 9/11! Start educating yourself on the issue because you are embarrassing yourself!

      06james - 2011-09-09 10:11

      here here!

      Cire - 2011-09-09 10:13

      @Verbatim. All true. Trouble is if the US and their allies manage to deal with this terrifying threat the anti-American nitwits will say it never existed. If it happens the nitwits' opinion won't count anyway.

      Verbatim - 2011-09-09 10:43

      micheal - i suggest you read the following It was writtren by Bruce Riedel a senior fellow at the Saban Center in the Brookings Institution and adjunct professor at the School for Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University so go fk yourself, get an education and take your ghead out your arse. Ingrate.

      Verbatim - 2011-09-09 10:49

      Exactly Cire...could not have said it better myself.

      Valis - 2011-09-09 16:02

      Verbatim, I read the link you provided. So you believe everything a former CIA officer working for a right-wing think tank says? What a sheep you are. The right-wing is making this stuff up. Q.E.D.

      jabski - 2011-09-09 16:08

      i suggest you watch a film called inside job, narrated by matt damon of all people, and see how well funded the higher educational institutions in america are by the corporate powers. the same corporate powers that have scored massively since the US invaded afghanistan and iraq

  • yyxx - 2011-09-09 09:15

    People still believe 9/11 was a terrorist attack and not an inside job? I fear what approaches, and it isn't "terrorists". Conspiracies within conspiracies about conspiracies.

  • Podile - 2011-09-09 09:17

    They must also remember Hiroshima,Vietnam and slavery not only 9/11

  • Luapolku - 2011-09-09 09:22

    America stop the horrendous attrocities you commit you will be safe A must read for every human being.

  • Pitbull - 2011-09-09 09:26

    Bla bla bla, we're tired of that chamois

  • Jeremy - 2011-09-09 09:28

    BullSh!t once more like before - Fear Fear Fear - Its already been leaked that the US are going to orchestrate ANOTHER self mutilating attack - but this time its going to be a nuclear bomb in a city and they going to blame Iran. US forces are already moving into Irans range waiting for the next "reason" to go to war. Goodbye Dollar, hello NWO - Watch this and then judge my comment:

      Michael007 - 2011-09-09 09:37

      Totaly agree with you Jeremy! Great to see how many people are waking up.

      Libertador - 2011-09-09 12:16

      Yeah guys, lets subscribe to That site really opened my eyes about amerikan duopoly.

  • Badballie - 2011-09-09 09:34

    Come on guys the American special forces need to know whether they should buy the cars and explosives for you or not?

  • Ubatha - 2011-09-09 09:35

    Now exactly how credible can a threat be if it is "unconfirmed". Just another way to dupe the people

  • Jimm636 - 2011-09-09 09:45

    we all know that america is paranoid, but the real question is are they paranoid enough...

  • Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-09 09:50

    15 trillion in debt....hmmm, a terrorist attack should be the least of your worries...

      Megan - 2011-09-09 10:52

      No, a "terrorist attack" and a "reason for war" is exactly the kind of thing they would come up with to save their ecomony. It's a well known fact that war = more jobs, more productivity which in turn = economy uplift - but only if you're winning...

      Currie_Mafia - 2011-09-09 11:17

      totally agree Megan...The US has being enjoying a false dollar currency for far too long, and dragging stable economies down with them.

      Libertador - 2011-09-09 13:06

      Their position is: The dollar is going down; let's impose military control over key convertible assets such as oil before it does. Nations are forced to store billion$ of USA American reserve dollars to trade with. But to acquire these dollars--these nations have to work hard for them. No wonder Americans have had a good life for such a long time. Americans dont realise that because the dollar is the worlds reserve currency, it is basically a tax on the whole world and through this tax the american people have enjoyed really low interest rates which funded their extravagant life styles for decades. Here is the problem. With "honest money" you cannot wage wars, you cannot sack foreign countries and steal their resources, you cannot rob the savers in your own country with inflation, you cannot bribe the electorate, you cannot enslave the population with debt, you cannot gather more interest than you have reserves, you cannot rig the business cycle, you cannot enforce a direct income tax and pay it to a non-accountable central bank. In short, we will never have an honest currency short of a revolution, because as Rothschild himself said, to paraphrase, people who understand this debt based fiat money system will be so enamoured of the wealth they can derive from it that they will never want to change it, and the rest wont have a clue how it works, and so will forever remain ignorant of it.

  • Dirk du Plessis - 2011-09-09 09:56

    Will they maybe show on the big screen in times Square the "Ocean funeral" - the yanks should concentrate not to be open targets

  • Da.Liva.Delvira - 2011-09-09 10:04

    Oh please... The U.S government is just brainwashing people to think that it's some muslim extremists, maybe it is, but I personally think that the U.S government is behind all this propaganda!!! Striking fear in U.S peoples' hearts so the people can be controlled by the government. emotional tactics I say... If the "terrorists" did bomb or destroy the twin towers then why have they not been rebuilt??? I'm sure buildings like those have insurance... Stop filling the U.S public with hatred!!!

      Libertador - 2011-09-09 11:11

      Somebody in the halls of power decided to use 1984 as a manual...and very few Americans noticed. Was Bin Laden and al Qaeda really Emmanuel Goldstien?...You decide.

      yyxx - 2011-09-09 13:08

      On the morning of the 9/11 attacks, a US military official had breakfast with Bin Laden's brother. Bin Laden was also CIA trained. Enough said.

  • S - 2011-09-09 10:33

    It doesn’t matter whos to blame. Its shocking how people can post such insensative comments. Allot of people lost family and friend on that day. There is no need to be so rude. I don’t think some of you will be happy if you lost someone and people gave such stupid comments.

      Zee - 2011-09-09 10:41

      I'm sure no one is happy that these poor civilians perished in this atrocity, but why not make a noise when 300 times the amount of people died in a war instigated by the US under false pretences? Please explain to me why their lives don't matter. It's ridiculous - 3000 American lives are more important than the rest of the world! Let them stop being hypocrites, and they might enjoy the support their once great country used to receive from the international community.

  • paul.cowie2 - 2011-09-09 10:38

    Megan you must be joking! Are you gullible enough to believe all of these tinfoil hat conspiracy theories that 9/11 was an internal thing?? Next you will say that the Americans didn't land on the moon!!

      yyxx - 2011-09-09 13:10

      Americans didn't land on the moon. Pink domesticated primates MIGHT have

  • Libertador - 2011-09-09 11:22

    Someone please call 911!!

  • Libertador - 2011-09-09 12:47

    The American fearfully paranoid mindset is not all that dissimilar, borne out by the ease with which they can be whipped into a terrified frenzy by the hyping of the latest bogeyman..Ho Chi Minh, Castro, Gadhafi, various Ayatollahs, Saddam and Kim Jong-Il..and the subsequent monumental overreaction to their bluster that spirals out-of-control.

  • aman - 2011-09-09 17:00

    So the US flew 2 capacity filled planes into their own towers (the self same ones which they tried to blow up from the basement previously - they should have done a better job previously) , one into the Pentagon and shot down another on the way to the White House just so that they could start a war? Very clever US. Yes, we all know about the CIA and Bin Laden and the Taliban. Here's a question for those that like to point it out, If you train a dog and that dog turns around and mauls you or any other person that you did not intend it to attack, do you destroy it? My feeling would be yes although the poor animal doesn't know any better. I would think that Al Qaeda is made up of human beings that know better?

      Libertador - 2011-09-09 17:15

      The US is so morally screwed-up, especially in its foreign policy, that, it can make war and hypocrisy appear virtuous. One does not need to engage in conspiracies to question the state, all one needs is a skeptical and inquisitive mind (and the balls to back it up). However, to grant them a carte blanche time after time is just both laughable and a sad testament to the dire state of the comformist world we live in.

  • aman - 2011-09-09 22:13

    @Libertador. Admittedly I am brainwashed by the western point of view. I have to admit that I am quite impressed by the way you seem to respond to every comment and if it was your intention to offend, it failed. However, my friend, you seem to be sitting on the other side of this fence, and in trying to keep an open mind on these subjects that you are so passionate about, I would really like to know where you get your facts from to argue so convincingly.

      Libertador - 2011-09-10 13:32

      Go to for a start, from there on you will be exposed to a lot of material that is not available on main stream media (MSM). As Noam Chomsky reminds us, "It is not the purpose of the mainstream media to question the corporate-state arrangement. That task has fallen to the Internet".

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