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.

soundoff (485 Responses)
  1. Scott S.

    Really? The Taliban is plotting against us? What gave you the first clue?

    May 21, 2010 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. citizenUSA

    Who's against racial profiling now? It's a matter of necessity not whimsy. No matter what it's being applied to, how many times do we hear, "we can't just keep doing business as is"? Obama said that a thousand times during his campaign. Why would we allow ourselves to killed or be targets for murder?

    If our founding fathers were alive today they'd be asking, "Why are you all so stupid? We didn't go through hell with a revolutionary war just so you can hand it over to a bunch of religious a**holes. The world is not the same as it was over 200 years ago so you need to adapt to the changes or become extinct"

    If some Islamic extremest gets me first, I'm gonna "do" all his virgins before he gets there.

    May 21, 2010 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. james

    These Pakistani military supported groups are getting away by attacking India for a long time. Now they are turning against US. If they attack US interests we should invade that miserable country.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Well, yeah? Where have you been, that this is news????

    May 21, 2010 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  5. mike

    west must ban pakistans terrorism export ministry......

    May 21, 2010 at 9:05 am | Report abuse |
  6. Michelle Obama

    Is this because I was drawing cartoons of the prophet with my daughters?

    May 21, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jatt123

    When I was a young boy I would sneak out of the madrassa to look at dirty picture books of animals.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. beagle

    Intel has shown that the Pakistani taliban elements have significant operational ties to al Qaeda. If there is credible chatter and intel about threats domestically, it certainly is nothing to be taken lightly. Anyone who thinks this is a this is a "scare tactic" that is politically motivated is ignorant and uninformed. With the vast number of threats this country faces and deals with on a daily basis behind the scenes that the public is blissfully unaware of, we should count ourselves lucky to have the intelligence and operational capabilities that we do, and that work to keep us safe 24×7.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Frank

    Is this headline going to be entered in the "dumbest headline of the day" contest or what? Of course the Pakistani Taliban is hoping to strike in the U.S. Good grief, let's try to calm down and understand that we are better than they are in terms of intelligence, rapid response, and security.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jack W

    This isn't news, it's weather.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jason

    As I have said in other blogs on CNN about terrorism.... simple send in SEAL6, DELTA, SAS, JTF2 etc in the night and let them do the jobs they are trained for ........ WIPING out terrorists. 1 team is more effective in killing the terrorists without the collateral damage and are more effective in hitting the right targets then firing hellfires from preditor UAV's.

    Jason

    May 21, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  12. omar

    Talibans are getting weaker and weaker everyday either in pakistan or Afghanistan. If we fight them in pakistan and IN afghanistan, then they will not come here. First of all we should kill the roots in pakistan. From pakistan those cowards Talibans go to Afghanistan and kill innocent people and now wants to try come in USA. NO WAY.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. Jim

    The Pakistani Taliban are more aggressively seeking to strike the homeland because we are closing in on their central leadership in North Waziristan. ISI, the Pakistani intelligence agency, knows the whereabouts of OBL and the other top Al Qaeda leadership. They are using this intel as leverage against us because they fear our billions of dollars in aid will abruptly stop once they divulge it. Another concern is that an Islamic radical coalition consisting of even the Wahabi, a particularly barbaric sect of Islamic extremism, will take control of the Pakistan government. This cannot happen given Pakistan's possession of nuclear weapons. The answer is to re-establish relations with key warlords and village populations throughout the regions in Pakistan and Afghanistan to facilitate the dismantling of the Taliban and Al Qaeda, which can be achieved by activating the SEALS and DELTA forces alone with a mission of total attrition.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. RICK IN PA

    This is just one more reason why I watch the BBC News Channel!

    May 21, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
  15. Julie

    Whether the Republicans are making a big deal of it to hide the other news, or whether the oil companies want to divert our attention from the Gulf, or whether the terrorists like to terrify us with news of plots, or whether we're paranoid, or whether whatever...the truth is, every time we are warned there will be an attack...there IS one....and usually within a week or so. If someone wants to argue this point, help yourself, but I've been paying attention–this statement is accurate. There was a warning before the big attack in England, the trains in Spain, and lots of others. Of course, they didn't warn us exactly, apparently the info was uncovered some other way. Authorities say the chatter has increased, too, which is always a pre-incident indicator. Proverb: "A prudent man foresees the evil and hides himself, but the simple pass on and are punished." It's not about being paranoid, it's about being smart.

    May 21, 2010 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
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