Al Qaeda might launch attacks in the United States using tactics like planting car bombs or hijacking airliners in Mexico or Canada so they can be flown into American targets, says the Department of Homeland Security.
Still, the department did not raise the threat alert level from yellow, for “elevated” risk, to orange, for “high” risk because “the intelligence information we have isn’t specific enough to do that,” a department spokesman said, the Los Angeles Times reported.
The department issued the geneal warning yesterday because of next week’s anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks; intelligence indicating that Al Qaeda operatives are scouting an array of targets; and an increase in terrorist attacks in Saudi Arabia, Indonesia and Iraq. The FBI warned that terrorists might try to poison food or water supplies. FBI officials said Al Qaeda is determined to attack Americans at home even though the organization appears to have a relatively small presence in the U.S.