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. Achmed the dead terrorist

    Did somebody shoot my towel off? I can't seem to find it nor my head.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Scott S

    It shouldn't be a surprise to us that towel head terrorist have it in for the West, especially the United States. Here is one thing tho that really ticks me off...... it's the news media. They annouce to the world where ( in the US ) we are most vaunerable to attack. I remember many broadcasts on Cable Network News and FOX Chicago news how they tell Americans that we are vaunerable in our food supplies, water supplies, Nuclear facilities, etc. As an American I really don't need to hear where we are vaunerable if it could leak into the heads of Terrorists!!! Hey Media..... SHUT UP and stop informing the enemy of our security lapses. THANK YOU VERY MUCH!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Victor

    Im in India, just besides Pakistan. Been victims years before the 9/11. Have lost thousands of soldiers and civilians to terrorists. A brave women in Kashmir who fought single handedly against a terrorist just to protect her family and grabbed hold of his automati rifle was later killed. Is pakistan planning to bomb US? Kidding me.. Who else in the world will they let live in peace... Mr. Obama, stop your diplomatic talks with Pakistan and get hard on them, if US, India and the world has to survive.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:56 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 ..

      May 21, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ali

      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 ery start and limits a hunman beings loyalty to a specific area surrounded by border ... ...

      May 21, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Taylor

      Ali, dont be scared you can talk what ever you want, the US wont deport you for talking against India, its the land of freedon, appreciate your honesty, But you must come into terms and think where all the problems and issues have been from the past 20 years, its from Pakistan no where else, every thing traces back there from 9/11 to spain to london bombings and still you talk as if others are wrong and you are the only one right

      May 21, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indian

      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 ...

      I am scared of you now. You talk the ideology of LeT. They also love India and don't belive in border that why they cross from Kashmir without passport control and visa. They also don;t like borders and think whole world is one country. Only problem is that they want whole world to submit to Islam and become muslim no matter what it takes. Force submit everybody to islam, either in Kashmir or five star hotel of Mumbai. Well, my friend. you are right we Indians (like Americans, Israelis, Britons) don't love Pakistan nor your religion. To get love you have lot of things to sort out.

      May 23, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  4. really dont care

    why do we need Pakistan or Afghanistan as friends they just want US money to steal

    May 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indian

      US money, US citizenship and US freedom of expression.

      May 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Cleopaktra


    Your name is blah so whatever you are blahing is blah blah blah!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jimdigriz

    A guy from Pakistani taliban just tried to car bomb times square. Attack eminent? What an observation. Assemble the Wolverines, it's going to be a Red Dawn.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jihadkilla

    How is this a surprise to anyone, I don't know. The taliban was a protector of al-qaeda. They work together. they have trained hundred of thousands and many are now living in europe and the usa. they do not need orders from a 'supreme" leader, since there are calls constantly from tapes, videos and internet to destroy america. eventually they will get lucky, just like they have done in the past. The only thing we can do is act now–or react to it. how we do it is what will determine their next move. my guess is that something terribly must happen before we really go war and stop these limited 'save the civilians" conflicts we're into right now. If we want to destroy these terrorist it's gonna take a real war–and we will have to wipe out towns, cities and maybe a country. that is the reality.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RajaSrinivas

    We should go and nuke pakistan immediately. When will the people understand the whole we are creating?

    May 21, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian Zwart

    It's the propaganda bomb.... lol

    May 21, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ali

    As far as Nuclear Bombs are concerned well , What russia or america and india have , is far more than any other country i think . They might have bombs which if accidently explode , would be THE LAST DAY of planet earth .

    And by the way its obvious a bomb might explode in USA or its ally and then america will have another False reason to attack , pre emptive attack etc. we all know the story , what happens ... its basically Evil ...

    May 21, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ali

    If America stops Waging indirect war through Israel with Muslims , and stop supporting activities against Muslim Faith , Terrorism is no more at that very moment . no such thing would exist THE VERY MOMENT , Cause now , wherever theirs anything against muslims , youll see indians , americans and Jewish loby at Advocating RIGHTS OF EXPRESSION OF FREEDOM.. you murderers .. YOu killers of poor Poeple , you all would Suffer if not repent .. But obviously no one wants to think about solving the problem , they just want to kill Human beings for little israel / For Evil ... Fear God . Truth Will prevail ..

    May 21, 2010 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Indian

      Why you consider bad people dyiing as Muslims? Why dont you call them bad guys, extremists, hijacker of your religion, terrorists etc. If you and one bad guy dying in far corner of Palestine or Chechnya or Kashmir has common religion it does not give you right to take his side. Fear God but fear truth more because God is always on truth side not 'dying' side.

      May 23, 2010 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Terry W. Brookman

    So long as they contain it to Washington who cares?

    May 21, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Islam_religion_of_terror

    I suggest when we arrest a terrorist we have them draw Prophet Mohamed abusing a little boy.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Len

      I like your views ! LOL !

      May 23, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. Islam_religion_of_ter

    @Ali I have a present for you.. Salam rushdie 's book and I have a drawing of prophet Mohamed that you have requested.You have nothing to be proud of, killing innocent in the Name of Alah and abusing women.. You are Barbaric..

    && (((

    May 21, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Islam_religion_of_terror

    @Ali I think you right Israel is one of the country in the world who knows How to deal with Barbaric Arab like you. India are smarter that Paki. People from Pakistan are working as Taxi driver or Walmart or 99C stores, People from India are Doctor and Engineer.. Ali go back to your cab.

    May 21, 2010 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
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