September 29th, 2010
09:02 AM ET

Napolitano: 'We're always acting against plots'

Officials in the U.S and Europe said they have uncovered plans for an al Qaeda, Mumbai-style attacks, with gunman targeting what's been referred to as "soft" targets in Europe.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano responds to the reported threats and explains how the nation - and world - is actively trying to combat these type of plots on CNN’s American Morning.

John Roberts: What do we know about this plot in Europe? We know that there is an Afghan-born German citizen in U.S. custody in Afghanistan. What more can you tell us about it?

Janet Napolitano: Well, I can't comment to specific plots as Director Clapper said [Tuesday.] We don't want to imperil anybody, a source of intelligence or the many sources of intelligence we have. But I will say that we are working constantly to make sure the American people are safe.

And that includes plots against so-called soft targets like hotels but it also includes, for example, the reason I’m in Montreal which is really to urge and announce historic declaration among 190 nations of the world on aviation security which also obviously remained a target.

Roberts: Yeah. We are going to talk about that in a second. A couple more questions on this al Qaeda threat, if I could. Can you confirm that there are no known threats against the United States from this plot at this point?

Napolitano: You know, I’m neither going to confirm nor deny because by going either direction I think we go down a treacherous path. What I will say is that there are - there are constantly threats of all types that we need to be able to be proactive against and be proactive even when there aren't specific threats.

Roberts: [There's] been a big increase in drone attacks in northwestern Pakistan in the month of September - 20 attacks. CNN analysis is that's double the usual amount. Did that increase in drone attacks tied at all to this plot?

Napolitano: Again, not anything I’m comfortable commenting on as Director Clapper said. We're always acting against plots. We're always trying to be proactive and doing what we need to do to protect the American people.

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  1. RICARDO GENDE

    I think we have too many intelegence dpt working at the same time for nothing in the past why i said that because in 911 terrorism attack the u.s goverment know some litter about it and they dont do nothing to stop it i think it thoses terrism attack was allow by the us goverment to have a justification to attack irack in order to still the gas there???

    September 29, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Boney

    "there are constantly threats of all types that we need to be able to be proactive against"

    She's and idiot! There haven't been any threats since Obama took office! All that was made up by Bush.

    September 29, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. Arizona Native

    This women was worthless in Arizona and now demonstrates the same for the country.

    September 29, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Wimpie

    What a worthless POS.

    October 1, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tigerpilot

    At first glance I thought the headline said"We're always acting against Pilots." That would have been more correct. We are no safer now than we were on September 10th, 2001. We have spent BILLIONS to take away the freedoms American citizens have fought so hard for over the course of the history of this great country of ours.

    October 1, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |