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. Joe, LA, CA

    another government scare tactic.. st before they peel away another freedom...

    May 21, 2010 at 6:55 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dick Cheney

    Why does everyone sound so surprised?
    If you repeatedly attacking someone at home, it is only a matter of time before the fight comes home.
    I don’t care which way you justify the war, the chickens have come home to roost.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  3. Anonymous

    This isn't news.....Journalists can get away with calling anything news these days.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. vladamier

    Demicrat this Repubilcan that!!! I love how sooooo many desk jockies in america (most likely live in the basement of there moms house) deem they are experts of all that is going on! It amazes me that there are some very intelligent people that take a website or some book and deem this as the truth! Grow up America!!! Did we not learn from the Vietnam War? We had that war won and was about to go home. You know what happened? The bleeding heart desk jockey back at home who deemed themselves experts messed that up for us. These terrorist read this stuff just like you! You know what they do with this information? They create more propraganda for all you people who think they have the slightest clue about what is going on. I will tell you one thing for dam sure I am in this Hell Hole and 90% of what happens here is never relayed home. We have troops dedicated to help these civilians. There only job here is to build up this contry. There job is not to kill or mame!!! DO you hear about that in the news? Stop with scaring yourselves!! It is not the media doing it!! It is our individual efforts that is making things worse than need be!!! Stay out of this and there will be a home coming sooner than later!! Btw you Anti American Fools, you should be tried for a war crime! If you actually are in America and spreading this crap, just leave and get yourself put on uncle Sam's shopping list!!! Who knows maybe you can make it to number 1 oneday....

    May 21, 2010 at 7:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. saad

    What the hell is U.S government problem? Are they insane ? How many (more) countries they want to destroy? they have demolished three four complete states, killed thousands of citizens, and come on, i am amazed by u.s people as well, why are they sleeping ? don't they have wisdom to see what their government is doing with thier money? who is terrorist here? a state which has killed thousands of innoocents in dozens of countries ? or some unknown people, who emerge everynow and then in some country, and that too courtesy of U.S who find it, and later that country gets demolished, and that people disappear and go to some other country, thats ridiculous

    May 21, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • mucfuzlim

      saad sack why don't you crawl off that stump from behind your camel for a moment, wipe your crotch off and get a grip on the reality of the situation. you live in a 3rd world country kept there by your own @ssbackward religion. you'll NEVER be a world power nor respected as such because your people are repressed, uneducated, and the infighting amongst them is a joke to those us on the outside looking in at that sewer you call home. all you'll ever be able to do is hurl an insult, kill a few innocent people or puppies and then inevitably get your dumb @ss kicked like it always has!

      May 21, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • EinMI

      Your grammar is horrific, your spelling even worse. Learn to criticize properly and then I and many more like me might give two fecal droppings over what you are ranting on about. Have a nice day.

      May 21, 2010 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Prashant

      @mucfuzlim Not just infighting inbreeding as well! Ignorant turdsatbest

      May 23, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bushpig61

    And I predict the sun will set tonight.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
  7. mrlgh

    Dear Pakistan,

    Get your terrorists under control because if you don't take care of them then we certainly will!

    America

    May 21, 2010 at 7:36 am | Report abuse |
    • saad

      oh yeah? you said iraq had weapons of mass destruction? where is that ? you are supporting israel to kill palestinians and taking away their right to live on their own land, you demolished afghanistan on what basis? the biggest terrorist in the world is AMERICA, stop bugging other countries, otherwise, surely like every other super power in the past, you will be taken down, and yeah! Pakistan is the one to take you down, don't mess with us, we are dealing with extremisits, if there are any, live peacefull y in your state, othewise, our nation is not fast food eater

      May 21, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Dick Cheney

      You want to take care of terrorist half the world away, yet you cannot take care of a few million Mexicans crossing your boarder.
      Who’s smoking what ?

      May 21, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Jatt123

      haha!
      You will?
      You have been in Afghanistan from seven years and we all know how well you have controlled Afganistan, Jokes!!

      May 21, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  8. lovUSA

    Take some stealth bombers...drop some nukes over this country and flatten it to ground and each and everything there....the world will be able to breath in fresh air again. Its a terror factory there that is keeping whole world on ransom.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
    • nashad

      If u level the whole world - then whom will u trade with ..hahaha... U seem u are paid by Fareed Zakaria

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

      we are already doing it,,,, lovUSA ,to kill 2 alqaida guys we , the United States have to kill 98 innocent people in drone attacks which include women n kids , check figures at http://www.pakistanbodycount.org

      May 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trimen

      Those who lay in bed with terrorists or welcome them with open arms have given up that unalienable right to live in peace. If a Missile blows ups up the home of those who send others to commit suicide and in term kill innocents then I shed no tears for the women or children lost. Blame the father or brother or son who brought the spectre of death through the door long before that missle crashed through the roof. I only weep for those who were the vicitim of tribal feuds that led to the unwarranted deaths of innocence. My heart goes out to those people and the poor young American men and women who were used as pawns in local disputes. The US Soldier is not a monster or unfeeling demon but a human doing what they believe is right. Why should that 18 years old kid be held accountable for acts resulting from some sheikh wanting to take over a rivals land thus fabricate proof that his rival works against american interest. Most of those "Civilian" deaths resulted from this.

      May 23, 2010 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. to usa

    dear usa
    f-u-c-k off
    best regards

    May 21, 2010 at 7:46 am | Report abuse |
    • citizenUSA

      I can't tell if you're making some pithy comment or, in a round about way, replying to another posting by MRLGH who did a "Dear Paksitan" thing. If it's the latter I would like to send you on an all inclusive free vacation to the destination of your choice. If you're ready, just let me know and I'll give you the time and directions to where you can pick up your reward.

      May 21, 2010 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  10. C3PO

    What a dumb article. Total waste of 1 minute of my life!

    May 21, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  11. UFO

    Islam will always be a sick religion! They are pure EVIL! God doesnt love islam!

    May 21, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Muhammad Ali Farooq

      Education, Family background, Brain..... man you have nothing!

      May 21, 2010 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. P K singh

    Let love prevail.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
    • nashad

      Mmmmuuuuuuwaaaahhh , [ only if u are a femal ! }

      May 21, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. tnw

    Why don't we treat this as a world war that it is and bomb the hell out of Pakistan, Iran, Syria, Yemen and anyone else that wants to mess with us. Render them useless and make it so that it takes a hundred years before they can rebuild and be a threat. Enough of the " don't harm the civilians" . This is a war....kick the hell out of them

    May 21, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      Well, to that notion, why doesnt North Korea, Iran and all the other nations with nukes, take us out? We are the worlds biggest threat...what are they waiting for?

      May 21, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Jatt123

      Its after reading comments like these even an atheist like me tends to start supporting terrorists for killing idiots like you!

      May 21, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  14. Jessica

    What I dont understand (and believe me im not giving any terrorist ideas they havent thought of before) is if they are so bent on causing fear and destruction, why havent they already loaded up uhaul trucks, driven into morning or evening traffic, and let the bombs go off? Seriously, I dont buy that these "terrorists" are really what our govt makes them about to be...because this is the easiest, most secure way they could inflict lots of damage and fear...and yet, nothing. Have they crossed the line of not wanting to blow themselves up anymore? I doubt it...so, what gives? Is Uhaul and Ryder, ect, not renting to muslims for this very reason? It just comes off and strange that they must go through these elaborate plans, that save for 9/11 continue to fail. Why even do it on planes? That guy could have gone to a basketball game and inflicted far more fear...so either we have to conclude that they arent very smart, or that there's something even more sinister going on here, like perhaps our own govt is playing a role – to get us to support their war mongering. After all, we are a capitalist society that first and foremost thinks about MONEY before PEOPLE, so do you really think those that are in the business of war, really want the world to be peaceful? Its like all of fast food encouraing the entire nation to ditch fast food and eat healthy, because its good for us all. They dont care about that, they care about profits...and so do war mongerers.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • flukz

      Seems to me you have not understood these radicals. These are REALLY people from the stone age. They all think MUSIC to be "haraam" and might shoot you if you argue about it. They believe they are totally justified in KILLING someone who draws a man and writes "Mohammed" below it. What else do you need to realize you are up against a bunch of madmen with no sophistication. Do you really expect these mentally ill people to execute their plans like geniuses and succeed every time?

      May 21, 2010 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Strykerg

      Are you giving them ideas or helping them plan another attack??????

      May 21, 2010 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. mobin

    Like Iraqi WMDs? Like Osama bin Laden who you refused to detain when taliban offered him to you? Like communism in Vietnam?

    May 21, 2010 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
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