L.A. Officials Say Video Terror Threat Not Credible


Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says authorities are not aware of any “credible threat” to the city, USA Today reports. ABC News aired a threatening video in which a masked speaker claiming to represent al Qaeda warned of terrorist attacks on Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia. “Bombastic pronouncements are expected on the anniversary of terrorist incidents like Sept. 11,” Villaraigosa and Police Chief William Bratton said. The video, they said, “was meant to instill fear.”

In the 11-minute video, a masked man speaks – in fluent English – of the “blessed raids on New York and Washington” four years ago. He says that “Allah willing,” Los Angeles and Melbourne will be hit. ABC reporter Brian Ross said the tape was delivered to an ABC office in Pakistan on Saturday. Federal intelligence officials are “95% certain” the person in that first video was California native Adam Yahiye Gadahn, Ross said.

Link: http://www.usatoday.com/news/nation/2005-09-11-terror-threat_x.htm

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