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. Boston

    Taliban militants strapped explosives to two men accused of being U.S. spies and blew them up at a public execution in northwest Pakistan, intelligence officials and residents said on Friday (today)

    May 21, 2010 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. John Brain

    Why should we be surprised by this? Terrorists attacks have already increased and will continue to pick up speed under President Obama's soft on terror policy.

    May 21, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • ANNA

      common johan obama is not soft , to kill 2 alqaida guys we , the United States have to kill 98 innocent people in drone attacks which include women n kids , check figure at

      May 21, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barry77


      And you can believe it, too, because everything on the Internet is TRUE.

      May 21, 2010 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. m84ali

    US is always trying to to put their steps into Pakistan just like they did in Afghanistan. I dont know why US and Israel always target every innocent country, I am also living in Pakistan, I am also liberal, and havnt seen around any taliban around me. The thing is that US just wants to make Pakistan a black listed country, by doing this it can enter Pakistan to attack CHINA...................... 🙁

    May 21, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Net

      lol... joke of the day.

      May 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali


      Indians hate Pakistani s so much , I only heard it but now its clear . No matter what you or anyone does , truth will prevail . As far as America being bombed , well , Americans have thrown biggest bombs yet on planet earth , starting with Nagasaki , Hiroshima , forget World wars earlier . American Government deserves So much more than nine eleven , But its God Almighty who loves us all , and gives us chances again and agian to step aside from evil and grab the right path . I pray the world soon gets in Peace no matter what Some evil minded indians or Westerners try .... And i know , Truth Will Prevail , God Willing .

      By the way just forgot to say , I love india too , surely more than anyone else does , although i m not Indian Passport holder . My religion teaches me , There are no borders , whole world is one nation , One Country As brothers and sisters without any classes .. All are equal and Passports and borders are just administrative lines and matters we should love whole earth ... instaed of thinking about American interest or indian interest .... this mindset makes one MEAN from the Very start and limits a hunman beings loyalty to a specific area surrounded by border ... ...

      May 21, 2010 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Johnna

    If we kill civilians in DRONE attacks there will be less Tallyban to murder their own people!

    May 21, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. bob

    pointless fearmongering, obviously terrorists are plotting to strike the U.S. because we're busy bombing them out of the stone age.

    May 21, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. buvet

    I don't think that anyone has ever said that all muslims are evil, just that there are some evil people who happen to be muslim. The US is not attacking other countries because it is being impearialisic or anything of that sort, rather there is a clear and present danger. Both Pakistan and Iran both have obtained weapons of mass destruction, and the governments of both are intent on blowing up Isreal, whether it be direct or indirect. The United States is doing the right thing by taking a proactive aproach. Furthermore, I would rather have 98 arab civillians die and 2 terrorists, than 2 terrorists and hundreds or thousands of American citizens. If we become passive the terrorists will attack. This is a fact. Even when we are at full alert they have been attacking us. It is not the people of Pakistan and Iran, it is their governments. As to the many conspircy theorist websites many have linked to in this thread, I have not found ONE that has been able to sufficiently support or prove their claims. One "Un-restricted Reporter" said earlier: "TOTALLY AGREE. Please check out my website The Intel Hub .com Please. We are not controlled opposition! I will report ANYTHING that you ask me." Anything? Really? This seems mighty suspect to me.

    May 21, 2010 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. lance

    obama has done nothing in stopping terrorist, he lets middleastern islamics receive their visa's and american citizenship in witch he could put a stop to this. he wouldnt want to offend the ACLU but offends american born citizens everyday.

    May 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Islam_religion_of_terror

      I agree with you.Is sad that Good Muslim are not fighting with us against this disease.

      May 21, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. weew

    Do you mean to say that Islamic radicals are plotting to murder American civilians? I'm SHOCKED!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. weew

    All a successful attack will accomplish the election of a strong Republican who will be willing to drop a MOAB on Islamabad and Karachi, and hordes of rednecks storming the nearest mosque.

    So... bring it on, towelheads. Oh and your prophet licks my boots.

    May 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Fred

    This simply points out more Obama failures. Too bad he dismantled what was keeping America safe. Is that 'change' or 'hope'?

    May 21, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |

    Kill 'em, all, let Allah sort it out!

    May 21, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Franklin

    Don't worry, Obama's cure for ending 'terrorists' i.e.-turning America into a third world country has almost come to fruition.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jack

    @ Nimu... How stupid do you think we are? We can see what Muslims are doing.. The extremists are terrorising and the moderates are doing nothing.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jack

    War should always be the very very last option. It's easy to say bomb someone or invade some country but in reality it's horror for those on both sides. We shouldn't be so reckless with our words especially when most of these comments people really don't mean.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Another Fun Republican

    Paris isn't wearing any panties.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
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