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. RUkidding me

    Why would you need money if you're (not your) the last person alive? Everything will default to you.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. stupidliers

    keep putting stupid fake news on this stupid fake website... faisal shazad didnt do anything nor did fahad nor did any muslim... they all are a freaking set about israel killing innocent muslims in palestine... take over their land and call it their own......

    May 20, 2010 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • vaporize

      You sir are a Muslim aren't you? (I know.. call me Sherlock Holmes), I believe you just made our list of "persons of interest" and are shooting for the no-fly list.. I'm right on aren't I? It's ok, not your fault, you're operating with what you have and by the looks of it, I'd say primitive brain.. medulla oblongotta?

      May 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • me

      whats your point?

      May 20, 2010 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matthew Hahn

      It is true Israel is behaving badly toward Palestine to the extent of a Palestinian understanding and indeed toward the U.S.'s current political agenda. To say something is stupid and fake when we don't really understand the context is a little biased. One thing we do know about the Taliban is their threats are not idle. Therefore, regardless of a lack of context, CNN was certainly right to post this. The only difference with Israel from the rest of the Arab states is which prophet one believes in and how hardline one believes in it. It's all centuries old and no one knows really what truly happened. In fact, if you hadn't read the Koran or the Old/New Testament, none of us would be having this discussion.

      May 20, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      He couldnt even spell liar correctly in his screen name

      May 20, 2010 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      You, and this idiot calling hiumself "the soldier of fortuen" are plain stupid fanatics, who fit the profile of these home-grown terrorists.stop blaming everything on israel and US, you lousy hateful freaks

      May 20, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • nimu

      I guess u r right..may be whatever news they publish about Muslim its fake....they just do it in order to put Muslim down...I

      May 21, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      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.

      May 21, 2010 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
    • TimfromFlorida

      wow that's a pretty stupid comment, quite the conspiracy considering all the email and chats, long distance flights, leaving his wife and kids in a house that he let foreclose i guess nadal hassan was just an apparition that 128 people witnessed simultaneously and it was all a plot to hurt Muslim credibility.. you know who hurts Muslim credibility the Muslims and how you ask well the last time a check a cartoon in the christian and Jewish worlds (I'm atheist by the way) no one was killed no embassy's burned and no fatwas issued I believe your religion needs to start apologizing for it's actions and grow up like the rest of these silly religions have "tried" to do...

      May 21, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • 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 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • MONTE

      The difference between between Palestinians and Isralies is if the Palestinians put down their weapons, there would be peace. If the Isralies laid down their weapons, there would be mass killings. Check out the kids show on Palestinian TV, watch the small children being dressing in uniforms with suicide belts. When Muslims love their children more than they do their Mullah, there will be peace.

      May 23, 2010 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. ItsADryFrustration

    CNN...#$Me! I am at the point that I don't even read the stories anymore..Just the comments. Did they give out coupons for your journalism classes? BTW, I AM beginning to feel like that frog in the boiling water...mmmmjust about done. YIKES. Oh, and Polemarch, you gave me a very much needed laugh this evening. Been reading about the oil spill and wondering why some news outlet doesn't have a 24 FREAKIN' hour rant going on about BP and Cheney and the weenies that we call our government-dems and repubs sippin' tinni's somewhere while the gulf burns.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. vaporize

    If these "plots" are of the caliber seen in the previous Times Square attempt, I suppose we should watch out for persons of interest trying to light their asses on fire, look out for overly shaken soda cans tossed into places of business and keep a keen sense of smell for bad BO emanating from strange individuals who decide to change their clothing in the middle of the street..

    May 20, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sherrie

      How old are you? I'm thinking you're mabye... 12? Seriously immature. What an ignorant and disrespectful individual you are!

      May 20, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tekbit

    Pakistan is on the Chess Board, part Pawn, Part Bishop, Part Knight...but Hardly worth the King or Queen in any Gambit.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:55 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Fupped

    That's right...continue to tip your hand to the enemy. Let them know that we have the scoop on them so they can then go underground again. Don't we ever learn?

    May 20, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eric

    I'm not saying we shouldn't take this stuff seriously, but the last guy they recruited was about as effective as Wile E. Coyote.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Wendy

    After Times Square & Liberty Bell today, I can't help but wonder if those are clear warning signs of an U.S. strike. I hope intelligence officials are ahead of the game.

    May 20, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Achmed the dead terrorist

    Now if only I can get that damn camel to swim.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kentucky Fried Movie

    Karachi in flames, missiles headed toward New York. Film at 11.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Marines, Navy, Air Force, Army

    USA should post notice to all: You attack America...America will level your Country.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • nate

      ...if they have any oil. Maybe you'll notice that we are not currently in Somalia. They kidnap Westerners & hijack cargo ships on a weekly basis. But they don't have anything we want, so we're not on the ground there. Americans are killed in Mexico fairly regularly by para-military style cartel hit-squads. We don't want to rock that boat, do we? How about this: 15 of the 19 9/11 hijackers were Saudi Arabian. None were Iraqi or Afghan. Not a single one. Why aren't our troops in Saudi Arabia? Oh, yeah. Saudis own major corporate interests here in the US & it would wreck our economy to "level their country."

      May 21, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • nate

      If you don't believe me then ask yourself "why would Osama bin Laden's mother have attended a birthday party for Barbara Bush if there weren't some sweetheart arrangements between the industrial-military complex and Saudi?"

      May 21, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • nate

      Eisenhower was so right.

      May 21, 2010 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • MONTE

      Hey Nate .. News FLASH .. Check who has the oil contracts in Iraq. It's not the U.S., it's mainly France, Russia, and China. Oil was not the goal in Iraq. It was to take down a regime that attacked it's neighbors and harbored terrorists, not to mention killing many of their own citizens.

      May 23, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. anonymous

    if there's intelligence suggesting the us a target, why is obama and pelosi are still sending hard earning american tax dollars to pakistan? there's already evidence of pakistan having nuclear bombs and capability of producing nuclear weapons of mass destruction.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. YouKnowwho

    The attack already occurred on 4.20.10 and the United states will suffer a financial destruction. The leak is impossible to fix. It is being overseen by foreigners and the coverup is useless. Think about this for a second. Its another direct hit. God Bless the USA.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. bob karbin

    was i too patriotic, cnn? is that why u didnt post my first comment? still trying to be politically corect arent u? we dont want to hurt a terrorist feelings now, do we cnn?

    May 20, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Vespasian

    We've been firing missiles like crazy into the tribal areas of Pakistan over the past year. Did we actually think there wouldn't' be a backlash?

    May 20, 2010 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
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