FBI counterterrorism analysts warned this week of possible terrorist attacks in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago around Sept. 11, but officials are skeptical about the seriousness of the threat, the New York Times reports. An overseas source said terrorists might steal fuel tanker trucks to inflict “mass casualties” by staging an anniversary attack. “The information is uncorroborated, and the source is of questionable reliability,” said Brian Roehrkasse of the Department of Homeland Security.
Domestic security officials have long thought that tanker trucks could be used in terrorist attacks. New York police commissioner Raymond Kelly said, “The New York City Police Department already has measures in place to protect against truck bombs and other threats.” Said one source: “Trucks have been talked about by Al Qaeda all the time. They used that tactic around the world, so we’re using this as an opportunity to fine-tune our strategy.”