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 CNNâ€™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 Iâ€™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, Iâ€™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 Iâ€™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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