May 20th, 2010
09:42 PM ET

'Reason to believe' Pakistani Taliban plotting to strike U.S.

U.S. intelligence has strong reason to believe that the Pakistani Taliban is actively plotting to hit interests in the U.S. and American targets overseas, a U.S. official told CNN Thursday.

The concerns about the group that authorities say directed the Times Square bombing plot are coming from multiple streams of information, including from Faisal Shahzad, the Times Square bombing suspect, the official said.

The official told CNN that CIA Director Leon Panetta and National Security Adviser Jim Jones relayed the new terror threat information to Pakistan's government on their trip there earlier this week.

The threat information was not down to the level of specific cities, the official said.

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  1. Sandeep

    My my – I just can't believe it... oooh.. who would have thought!!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. Thrash

    dont bomb our buliding and your little country will not be demolished, hows that for iniquities, what comes around goes around is right, havent heard on news of U.S. citizen straps bomb to chest and blows up cafe in iraq ohh thats right only radical muslims do that, people like fotis are ones that would suck on the end of a barrel,rather then to stand and fight. its weak people bleeding hearts like you that get people killed i bet you run and hide when there is a first site on trouble. what a hero you must make your parents proud.

    May 21, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  3. BigHead

    No Problem. If they don't want us to send in predators then just give us bin Laden and Zawahiri. Then we'll stop the attacks..

    May 21, 2010 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Justice

      Bighead, have you been to New York, Bin Laden is driving taxi in New York.

      May 21, 2010 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • frankwright

      Bin Laden is actually in lots of other places today too, like Madrid, London, Tel Aviv, Bali. Mumbai and Copenhagen. That is why we have a war with many fronts – and it is all of Western civilization that is at steak.

      May 21, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  4. George

    me

    This article is about the Pakistani Taliban which is a very specific group that normally does not operate in the West. This is not the same thing as saying terrorists in general are plotting something.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm
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    Hakimulla Mehsud, the leader of that exact group, has claimed responsibility for the Times Square attack. Further, it has been reported by authoritative sources that a jirga of militant groups asked Mehsud to stop direct attacks on the US. He refused. The Tehrik-i-Taliban (Pakistani Taliban) is up to their eyeballs in planning further attacks.

    May 21, 2010 at 10:59 am | Report abuse |
    • frankwright

      That may be kind of true George, but they are an integral part of radical Islam's network of world – wide mass murder that plagues the world today.

      May 21, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. US's Paki

    johnnie cash: by your name and comments I can tell you are hindu from India, let me tell you bro, you don’t know the history. Please go visit your library and read some south Asian history books that are written by educated hindus. then give some comments about Pakistan. 🙂

    May 21, 2010 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Indian

      Well, Indian history is 20,000 year old unlike your's which is no more 60 year old. So I do not have time to read my history but I get clear underestanding of your mindset by your current affair, no need to read your history.

      Ali
      What I understand from your comment of 'no border' means. That is very dangerous idea that world is fighting against. By this you mean that convert everybody to muslim, force them to submit to islam (read some sura of your kuran) and create one world with one religion no matter what it takes. Well, I guess it would take life of universe.

      May 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Interested in the discussion

    DrJaw, I can tell that you are an educated person who is passionate about what you believe. I can see that you have more experience than most with Paki, Afghani issues. I would like to say that while the US has asked Pakistan for much, they have provided several infastructure improvements (Roads, Runways, Aircraft Towers, Radars, Communications Relays) to places like Karachi, Jakobabad, and even Islamabad. We have also provided resources though "Non-traditional" channels that would not be reported in the media. Now that being said; roads are one small part of stabilizing Afghanistan. Whether or not we realize it, there are some excellent lessons in the different way that America approached conflicts in both Iraq, and Afghanistan.
    Iraq is a county with larger regional networks based on Religious, and familial ties. Afghanistan is similar, yet due to its topograph the networks are much smaller (villages, valley, plains,etc.) While roads provided a hasty advance for US forces in Iraq they also allow for disbursment of relief and aid. Subsequently, the picture of Iraqi post-war recovery is completely different than Afghanistan. The Afghani conflict has relied heavily on Airlift capability to provide support to combat units, but this is extremely difficult and dangerous to uses as a means to disburse aid to local populations. The American Military learn the hard way in the early 1990's in Africa, that if you Airdrop 1000 lbs bundles to local people, they tend to crowd under the bundle as it's falling and get crushed as it lands. The surviving citizens have to then deal with local warlords who use their weapons to seize the supplies and use them for thier own ends.
    It doesn't seem that something as simple as roads could have such a powerful effect. Infastructor, most imediately roads but later communications, media, schools, aqueducts; will have a greater effect on Afghani recovery, and stability than the combined might of the U.S., U.N., and NATO militaries. This in turn will provided more food, clean water, medical treatment, and education which has an inverse effect on Terrorism. People who have a decent quality of life (generally) don't strap bombs to their bodies and blow up Markets, but there will always be extremists.
    As a whole, the majority of the individuals on this message board seem to be asserting that the problem is that we need either more or less military involvement. If we want to end terrorism, we need to stop designing the best fighter aircraft, newest sniper rifle, or latest attack vehicle, and find a way to quickly and efficently build road and rail lines in remote areas. Find new ways to purify drinking water. We need our militaries to control the regions where construction is happening, and to help organize relief distribution.
    All of these solutions will take decades, look at the difference in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, India, Brazil, and China over the last 30 years. All of these counties have made significant improvements in infastructure and seen a massive effect on the stability for their citizens. All of them still have not reached the level of comfort that we have in the West. Conspiracy or no; start looking for solutions and there will be very few that are left who will needlessy sacrifice their lives, so that their families can eat, or feel safe from harm. Don't all people want Safety, Food, Water, and Shelter for thier family? Is that not the Goal?

    May 21, 2010 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
    • frankwright

      If only financial security and prosperity could solve the problem. It's, unfortunately, been shown repeatedly that radical Islam is motivated by its delusional "religious" dogma of Jihad and world dominance, not financial or other hardship. Yes, prosperity would help neutralize a great many but many more radical Muslim terrorists would still remain...

      May 21, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Lilly

    My only question is why it took them so long? I also don't understand why this is such surprising news. The US has always relied on it's physical isolation from armed forces attacking on it's soil but there's no stopping determined individuals from attacking, especially if they don't care if they die or not. No matter what happens, sooner or later there will be a successful attack by a person, in the name of Islam, on US soil. It'll probably be done by a US citizen too. Muslims generally put their religion first. Not everyone buys in to national patriotism.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
    • ANNA

      to kill 2 alqaida guys we , the United States have to kill 98 innocent people in drone attacks which include women n kids , check figure at http://www.pakistanbodycount.org our tax money being used to kill 98 innocent people to kill 2 terrorist, what are we in dark ages

      May 21, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. blastem

    i bet dearborn michigan is safe...

    May 21, 2010 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • frankwright

      That's what they thought in Fort Hood.

      May 21, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. pretender

    These tribel pushtuns have long history of Revenge . One cannot under estimate who knows them from time of british empire and their history.I don,t think so they are enough powerful and have resources to attack in the US but they can do in middle east .

    May 21, 2010 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Carl

    This entire discussion, starting with the article itself, is amazing, not for it's insight, but it's lack of substance. As noted, it's hardly a secret that certain radical groups wish to attack the U.S. It's already happened, is probably in the planning now, and attempts will be made in the future. The only question is "Which group today?" The Taliban, as an organization, seems to be more of a federation of groups than some well run, disciplined force. They are radical in the extreme, even in their way of life. Pakistan is discovering that allowing them refuge from the Aghanistan conflict was probably a mistake, and now we have a sub-group identified as "Pakistani Taliban." As also noted, they area realtively small group, but their actions make them noticed. They depend upon other radicalized Muslims and malcontents to carry out their petty attacks. What they can actually acomplish is small actions. Of course, if you happen to be in the middle of one, you lose, but the odds of an American being injured or killed in a radical group attack in America is far smaller than being killed crossing the street in a big city. Should we thus ignore them? No, but put them in perspective.

    What I find darkly amusing is that any group like this one would think that they can have any real effect on the U.S. beyond angering us even more. Al Q'aida supposedly attacked us because they wanted us to leave "Muslim territory." What they got in return was a dramatically increased American presence across the entire region.

    May 21, 2010 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. AlexWinter

    Wait a second CNN – you're telling me the Taliban doesn't like us and wants us all dead? Thank the Lord the Obama administration is in charge! They know what they're doing!

    May 21, 2010 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Tom, Long Beach, California

    oh my we are so scared.........how will they get here pirate boats!

    May 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Chang

    too late for the useless US/JEWS policies...folks,CHINA is on its way holding an xl baseball bat that is ready to be shoved into Americas backside.just wait n watch.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mahbalz es Hari

      Hey Ching Chang Chong! Where is my laundry? tell your mutha not to starch by jock strap.

      May 21, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Richard

    The Real World Meaning To Word, > islam= International Sucker's Liars Azzhole Moolah.

    No matter what is said by islam follwers but in real world Mohamed(pbuh) was a child molestor , as he forced himself on ayesha a 9 year old girl of his best friend and the second in command or calipha as they call him Abu Bakr, and the reason for Mohamed(pbuh) death was poison given to him by ayesha so accept it or deny it TRUTH hurts eh?

    P.S : Above Contents are authentic and from islamic books as told by islamic scholars , it is not an intention to hurt any feelings .

    May 21, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      Well That is the reason Even normal Americans are being targeted and thats why they have to speak against this Evil instead of being Silent Spectators , Untill Evil Minded people wont stop saying these things against Muslims , Our World , in Peace , cant be seen . If You dont understand Our Feelings then atleast take time to read / understand what we know , what we truly believe , what Holy Jesus and His Fellow Prophets Taught us and see Truth . God gave America power , to test who is better in deeds , as God tests all in this short life of 10 or 30 or 70 years . I wish to see America as a Good Force in this World but What we have seen , Atomic Bombs being dropped , Wars being forced on others and Killings being done , You think life is a joke , and you can do this and that and say these things and no one would account , Beware You will Die , either you laugh or Cry , You Will die and you Will See the truth , That Jesus is the Truth , He Was and is A Great Prophet , And He believed in One God , And Islam is The right path . A Muslim Should Love all Prophets and Obey Almighty God who we would meet , not far away , soon in few years time or maybe few decades ... And a Harsh punishment awaits those who say bad and support those people who say bad words for Men Who God Loves / Who God Chose , Who are most closest to God Almighty ....

      In " todays " west they say " life is short live it full and Enjoy " . Francis Bacon The Famous Philosophor said that little knowledge of science makes man an Athiest .

      Even Animals Eat and drink and enjoy ..... But we are HUMAN BEINGS , with super computers , Our brains . We should use our Brain and search for truth instead of speaking words that we surely dont have full knowledge about .... do check www irf dot net , wwwtubeislam dot com

      May 21, 2010 at 6:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rash Facts

    I regret to say that enemies of poor country Pak have all decided to destroy it ...first thru propaganda on media...second by increasing consulates and presence with Black water and then corrupting governments. I dont see that our govt is addressing real issue of investigating root cause of why Moslems dont like us? who actually harbored 9/11, why we have still security myths created by Bush, why not we get hold of Osama as we can use google maps and GPS so imagine what classified tech they have on disposal.....just rationalize..

    May 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      If America stops Waging indirect war through Israel with Muslims , and stop supporting activities against Muslim Faith , Terrorism is no more at that very moment . no such thing would exist THE VERY MOMENT , Cause now , wherever theirs anything against muslims , youll see indians , americans and Jewish loby at Advocating RIGHTS OF EXPRESSION OF FREEDOM.. you murderers .. YOu killers of poor Poeple , you all would Suffer if not repent .. But obviously no one wants to think about solving the problem , they just want to kill Human beings for little israel / For Evil ... Fear God . Truth Will prevail

      As far as Nuclear Bombs are concerned well , What russia or america and india have , is far more than any other country i think . They might have bombs which if accidently explode , would be THE LAST DAY of planet earth .

      And by the way its obvious a bomb might explode in USA or its ally and then america will have another False reason to attack , pre emptive attack etc. we all know the story , what happens ... its basically Evil

      Well That is the reason Even normal Americans are being targeted and thats why they have to speak against this Evil instead of being Silent Spectators , Untill Evil Minded people wont stop saying these things against Muslims , Our World , in Peace , cant be seen . If You dont understand Our Feelings then atleast take time to read / understand what we know , what we truly believe , what Holy Jesus and His Fellow Prophets Taught us and see Truth . God gave America power , to test who is better in deeds , as God tests all in this short life of 10 or 30 or 70 years . I wish to see America as a Good Force in this World but What we have seen , Atomic Bombs being dropped , Wars being forced on others and Killings being done , You think life is a joke , and you can do this and that and say these things and no one would account , Beware You will Die , either you laugh or Cry , You Will die and you Will See the truth , That Jesus is the Truth , He Was and is A Great Prophet , And He believed in One God , And Islam is The right path . A Muslim Should Love all Prophets and Obey Almighty God who we would meet , not far away , soon in few years time or maybe few decades ... And a Harsh punishment awaits those who say bad and support those people who say bad words for Men Who God Loves / Who God Chose , Who are most closest to God Almighty ....

      In " todays " west they say " life is short live it full and Enjoy " . Francis Bacon The Famous Philosophor said that little knowledge of science makes man an Athiest .

      Even Animals Eat and drink and enjoy ..... But we are HUMAN BEINGS , with super computers , Our brains . We should use our Brain and search for truth instead of speaking words that we surely dont have full knowledge about .... do check www irf dot net , wwwtubeislam dot com

      May 21, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
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