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. Lily

    I agree with you 100% Jeff. Muslim people are creating problems all over the world. Who are these people – where they come from. I am only 17. I dont wanna be near these people.

    May 22, 2010 at 7:19 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kara C

    Lily all muslims are not bad. Our president is muslim. He is a good person. All the terrorists are muslims and they come from pakistan. So avoid any pakistanis. They are giving bad names to muslim people. Dont be afraid sister, our government will take care of all terrorists, particularly from pakistan.

    May 22, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  3. bill

    i agree that all muslims are not bad, however, i also agree that if the muslim people in any country that they are in dont stand out against the terrorist, then they will always be thought of as being for them. sorry... but that is the way it is. I have seen many muslims in the u.s. saying that it is right to kill americans. well, when they kill americans here in the u.s. they are also killing many other people from all parts of this world, including muslims. when they attacked on 9/11 what should we have done? slap them on there wrist and send them on there way. these terrorist are not killing for any other reason but, that they enjoy killing. not the muslims are killing people but, the terrorist are. even there own.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. AntiWar

    If this gets succeeded, it will prove involvement of Pakistani Government for sure. Because these people are within Pakistan border and US drones will not be able to see inside caves. Well that is obvious, but HOW COME THESE GUYS COME IN US??? Oh yes, they are using citizens to kill citizens. Looks like BUSH realized way ahead and started wiretapping our phone calls. Is there any End or at least a Dead End ????

    May 22, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  5. Usman Nazar Rathore

    Isn't it the same US Intelligence Agency which was seeing Weapons of Mass Destruction before invading iraq ??? which failed miserably to stop 9/11 ??? which once again failed miserably in stopping the attempt of the time square bombing incident ???

    [ANTIWAR] ... NO !!! The Pakistani government or any state organization is not supporting Taliban which ever faction it may be. Let us also not forget that majority of the leaders of all these Taliban factions are the ones which were supplied by unlimited dollars graciously by the US government during afghan soviet war.

    We the Pakistanis are fed up of the violence by these Talibans, we reject their philosophy and we hate them all and all. Don't generalize and push us to the corner and make us the bad guys.

    May 22, 2010 at 9:33 am | Report abuse |
    • AntiWar

      That's also a point. I can understand that US helped Taliban/ Al Qaeda to fight against Soviets in 90's. But How come these groups could find space inside Pakistan Border. We can understand that Afghanistan doesn't have military power. But Pakistan certainly has and why SLOW action against such illegal invasion in one of the beautiful territory of Pakistan. Doesn't it make you think???

      May 22, 2010 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  6. KG

    For all of you that have forgotten the past let"s just go back to 1990 when Iraq invaded Kawait. What would have stopped them from invading other countries? If you were to look back at WW2 Hitler did the same thing and our military stopped him just as the did with Hussain. In 1993 they tried to take down the towers unsuccessfully. Eight years later they successful we lost over 3,000 people one of them a great friend of mine. A NYC fireman who was there trying to save lives. His wife was 8 months pregnant, did that child diserve to lose a father because of animals, no! We need to protect our boarders here and abroad, if we need to be fighting these people on their turf then so be it. I am fortunate enough to work near a military installation and these people believe in the freedom of this country and fighting for all of your freedom, maybe the rest of you that think this is a bad thing should go over there and see what its really about and understand the hate those animals have towards our people. Never forget 9/11 and all of those who give their lives for this country. You may or may not like this government but you love this country or you wouldn't be here, God Bless America!

    May 22, 2010 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Be Me

      Your living in the past. It's over. In the last 10 years there has been one smoking shoe bomb, one attempt to light underwear, and one Times Square bomb. Does this justify destroying millions of lives and spending trillions? Is there a better way? YES

      May 22, 2010 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Be Me

      Let's be clear. Those who fight for this country are fighting for selfish reasons. They need a pay check. At the time they signed up this was their best career offer. They fight for unclear objectives. They fight for "making the world a better place." There are no weapons of mass destruction and never were. Thoses who really died for our freedom were the founders of our great nations. Today's soldier is sadly a paid merceniary empire building. This is not fighting for FREEDOM, but fight for an empire. We are destroying our future. The terrorists are slowly winning. I am tired of hearing the brainless party line. Wake up.

      May 22, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  7. rik

    Let us pray they continue to be as inept as previously.

    May 22, 2010 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  8. amazed person

    ... well leme clear this to whole world that this is not freedom of speech, this is fraud, this is abuse, this is a unforgiveable SIN that this JEW of facebook has commited ................. he should be brought to justice by Hanging him and before that hiting him with burning rods.........and even if he is not given this punishment in this world, guys take my words that do see him on QYAMAT (doomsday) day, he wil be burnt more than any other current human being .......... and you all can see that western governments are quiet upon this but are after and killing innocent civilians of afganistan, iraq and pakistan ........ may ALLAH show every one the right path as these non-muslims really cant imagine here that whats gona happen with them in the next life...........!!!

    May 22, 2010 at 10:38 am | Report abuse |
  9. rasheed dostam

    America has given pakistan 50 billion dollars in aid since 2001. Pakistan has always caused damage to usa. Pakistn army is disguised as taliban and killing american. I am a pakistani citizen and living in pakistan. people of pakistan are bad people and enemy of america and arab countries.America is sponsoring terrorism by helping pakistan. If America is serious America immediately in Un security council put sanctions on pakistan of supporting terrorism and helping taliban. and American Government stop all aid to pakistan I swear in the name of God pakistan the evil will be finished.

    May 22, 2010 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. Be Me

    If you stir up a bee hive, are you to blame for being stung? We kill "suspected" terrorists with drones operated from Nevada a world apart. The last count was 7 or 8 confirmed terrorists and over 700 women, children, and innocent men. Since when is the test to take an other persons life "suspected terrorist"? Since the gulf we have killed over 1.4 million people empire building and made refugees out of 4+ million forced to move to other parts of the Middle East all in the name of making the world a safer place. We are foreign invaders with over 170 military bases projecting our views upon the world. There never were any weapons of mass destruction, but now I'm sure there will be some right here in America. To do all this good, we have returned over 3,000 young men and women in body bags to their families. We have spent over 50% of all US expenditures on wars. Every soldier costs the US over l million a year for upkeep and pay. We are bankrupting the US. We have no exact objectives and the war is unwinable. Have we really ever won the gulf war? The minute we move out it gets nasty again. We have created hated of Americans all over the globe. We are destroying our future reputation, military might, financial wealth, and enslaving our children to pay for this mistake for years to come. So No To War. Protect our borders and stop this empire building. This is insane.
    I strongly do not agree with Muslims, but I can respect their right to live without requiring an invading influence upon their country and trying to protect our homeland from 3000 miles away. We need to protect our borders not fight a war a world away. In the last 10 years on American soil we have had one smoking shoe bomb, one attempt to light underwear, and one car bomb in Times Square. Does this justify trillions on dollars, millions dead, and millions of refugees? This there a better way? YES

    May 22, 2010 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  11. vkmo

    Pakistan has killed and displaced millions of people within Pakistan (15 million refugees in India) and in Bangladesh (which used to be East Pakistan). Taliban has set its sights on Europe and the Americas now. There have been numerous attacks in the last 20 years, including the worst - 911. Be tough on Pakistan now.

    May 22, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob

    It is a lot worse than most of you think, go to this web site and see what our government is not telling you. Why because they want to keep the Mexican vote and aren't really concerned with our border. Pakistan has never liked the U.S. But we just keep right on Kissing their A.

    May 22, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. bill

    you say that women,children and innocent men were killed in these drone attacks, well, how come you speak about those attacks but, dont say anything about all of the people that died on 9/11? none of these drone attacks would be happening if we were not attacked first. no 9/11 is not in the past, it is the reason for these attacks. right now. when 9/11 happened, war was declared on terrorist, and any country that harbours terrorists without there govt trying to get them out. tell me what we were supposed to do when these attacks came at us? because you can say anything you want but, you know these terrorist are never going to stop killing. they enjoy killing. they will always come up with some reason to kill, and yes kill innocent people also. GOD forbid it but, those innocent people couild be my family or yours. it is well known also that these terrorist put innocent people in buildings that they know could be attacked. if the govt of these countrys fight to get these terrorists out of there country, maybe they would not have such things happen. it is the terrorists that are killing most of these people. just so they can say, see what america is doing to these innocent people. go ahead and talk to these terrorist and see if they will listen to your plan to stop all the killings. there is no plan that will stop them because, they love killing.

    May 22, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. American Solider

    There is only 1 big threat to the world. Thats PAKISTAN. We should let India drop a few Nuke on Pakistan. Pakistan is like spoilt Milk. Its like a swamp..............the more you walk the slower you get. Might as well clear the swamp.
    I dont understand why people in the US are wasting time over Republican / Demrocrat blame game. When George Bush was there he didnt do smack. When 9/11 happened Mr Bush had a private jet fly out Bin Ladens brother from the US. Obama, trying to play fair game and trying to make this world a better place. Bush was more interested in the Oil from Saudi then his own country. Who told Bush to go to Iraq and waste all our money.

    Well guess what! It's too freaking late in the game. Now whats needed is just pure Action. Do you really think Taliban would like to reconcile with the US... haha cmon think again. It's do it or die. Pakistan is taking all this money, weapons from the US for what? Pakistan, Army and Government people are so stupid. There are people dieing of hunger. The dont have enough money to run the country and they are busy building Nukes.

    Cmon American Government wake up and take charge. I hope we get a leader who can actually get results. Time is running out. If Pakistan Government doesnt take care of the Taliban then we should just Nuke it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    May 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
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