U.S. Terror Threat This Weekend, Credibility Is Not Known


U.S. intelligence officials have received credible information about a potential terrorist strike timed to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, reports Politico.com. Washington and New York City are among potential targets. Commemorative activities are scheduled at various locations in those cities throughout the weekend. NBC News reported that the threat relates to car or truck bombs. New York City officials are increasing security around tunnels and bridges and would establish some vehicle checkpoints that could delay drivers. Vice President Joe Biden said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” there's “no smoking gun, but talk about using a car bomb.”

Even as the police step up patrols and searches, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, “There is no reason for any of the rest of us to change anything in our daily routines.” New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said some police officers' shifts will be extended by four hours beginning today to increase police presence on the streets. “The public is likely to see, and may be somewhat inconvenienced by, vehicle checkpoints at various locations throughout the city. We're also increase bag inspections throughout the subway system,” Kelly said. News reports said the information originated in the tribal areas of Pakistan. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Politico, “Nobody really knows how credible the threat is. That's what's being looked at.”

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