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.

soundoff (485 Responses)
  1. KillHumans

    @ Kermit Roosevelt, It may not be, but a little honesty from the Govt would be nice.

    May 20, 2010 at 11:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • donstv

      How would you know if they told you the truth

      May 21, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Kermit Roosevelt

    @KH, true dat.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. SonsofLight

    They're only hurting themselves. Life is about faith, hope, charity, and love. But most importantly, love. Our heavenly Father loves all of us the same–one Father, one Shepherd, one flock. Whatever the motivation is–anger, jealousy, greed, malice, it's not worth it. Our will must be the same as our heavenly Father's or we'll have to learn this lesson another way....

    May 21, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  4. Thorrsman

    Not too surprising, really. The Taliban used to have it sweet, imposing their twisted religious beliefs on the Afghans. America led the way to give them the boot. Hard to make a big terrorist splash in Afghanistan. Thing is, they only have to get it right once. WE have to get it right EVERY time.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:07 am | Report abuse |
  5. so_sad

    Pakistan is next. America, get ready to fund another war. let's see how they plan this time. hope they would not explode a nuke in US to trigger the next round. But I think Dem would not do that, we have to wait for repub.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
    • foud

      posting same message again and again.....i can see indian face peoples can understand india is funding taliban to strick pakistan and other countries......but i am 100% sure one day it will stop...and world will see true face of inidan the end....make a difference between pakistani and indian its upto you guys

      May 21, 2010 at 3:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Taylor

      To mr Fond, please talk sense, why do you want to blame another country, you were the creators of all these problems, accept it and try to get socialised to be in this world, stop blaming and start working for a solution, we all know your dictators and your psycopath people

      May 21, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • foud

      Mr. Taylor .......i am supporting my opioion see pakistan is not funding them.....pakistan already getting money from world......why should pakistan give fund to these bad kill our there any sense....????

      May 21, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. drjaw

    wow...what a news flUsh....

    May 21, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  7. in the know

    Yes. This is significant, people. The Taliban has never been interested in attacking the US. It was always Al Qaeda. They are different groups with different capabilities which I don't have space to explain. For all of you who think this is not newsworthy, you have to understand the nuance involved.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. riovouga

    CNN......home of the fear mongering propaganda

    May 21, 2010 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bruno

    Very soon CNN will find WMD in Paki Taliban hands to make a point for pre-emptive strike. Drop more drones to terrorize people resulting in more hatred and threat to US.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. George

    The first investigation of any future attacks against USA assets outside the immediate conflict zone should start with Israel. They'll do anything to push our country towards war with Iran and the Muslim world, to serve their own agendas, of course. Mossad is running rampant.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:31 am | Report abuse |
    • drjaw

      @george...bang on target....

      May 21, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
    • jido

      Very true

      May 21, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. drjaw

    you see Operation Iraq Liberation aka yet to be completed...

    May 21, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
  12. rwethereyet

    This is nothing more than media fodder. Do you really think the government is sharing any real intelligence with the public??? dream on.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:46 am | Report abuse |
    • canadian boy

      And you thought they worked for you , stand up and speak, sigh there deaf.

      May 21, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
  13. mehul shah

    Pakistan Taliban its just a new name. The country has always been full of terrorist and always have holed hands with terrorist around the world. United States need to understand as quickly as possible that they chew with different teeth than what can be seen. Its matter of time and slight negligence and they would show their true colors. i know have experienced it several times.

    May 21, 2010 at 12:51 am | Report abuse |
    • so_sad

      stupid indian expressing his hate against pakistan here. India has long been trying to label Kashmiris freedom fighters as terrorists. Listen it is not going to work here. West is not going to buy this crap.They are fighting against indian occupation and india has to leave that region sooner or later. Pakistan will keep providing them moral support.

      May 21, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Monty

      Mehul.... u have no idea of wats going on. Terrorism is a full fledged industry in Pakistan now. Another one is opium. The country cannot run if they leave either of these 2. Pak govt gets funds from Arab countries to train and export terrorists. Lately, their Interior Minister Rehman Malik confirmed that those involved in the suicide bombings were Pakistanis and that "the price of a suicide bomber is from Rs. 0.5 million to Rs. 1.5 million, while the family of the bomber gets Rs 0.5 million". In addition, the NWFP Senior Minister Bashir Ahmed Bilour said that 200 children between the ages 6 to 13 years had been recovered from Malakand in the North West Frontier Proinve. The children had been completely brainwashed to conduct suicide attacks. You need to read the report "Pakistan Assessment 2010" and then u will understand the density of this problem.

      May 21, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • foud

      Mr. Monty hope u are not IPL crupt guy....for your information indian are providing funds to taliban to stricke the pakistan and other countries....wrold will know soon....time will come....get ready for this now.....

      May 21, 2010 at 3:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Den

      to so sad, you already lost Bangladesh, first try to keep your contry in tact then talk about other parts of the world, i am glad the west is waken up by this pak sponsored terrorist, remember the flight hijack of to kandhar the indian airlines one, swapping for criminals and one involved in killing daniel pearl

      May 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • foud

      den well i am surprised still we are not understanding the fect......i am not against anyone....but please try to know the fect.........please........

      May 21, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • @dontkillpeople

      Pakistan is the main Terrorist Producer of the world. Hatred towards non-muslims is fed to children in madrasas. Instead of going to Iraq, US should have targeted Pakistan and cleaned the schools where terrorism is taught and terrorists are trained. The world can never be free of terrorism unless Pakistan is cleaned of terrorists and terrorist training bases.

      May 21, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Report abuse |
  14. moadeeb

    They have planned this since Christopher Columbus came to the United States and how many have accomplished this?

    May 21, 2010 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. aldoivan9601

    Really now???
    The Taliban planning to strike the US???
    Isn't that what their whole Allah-Damned goal is?!?!?! To freaken kill westerners!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
    • HaHA

      aldoivan9601: You are a fkn idiot. Go back to school!!!!!!!

      May 21, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
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