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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