U.S. 'vigilant' for holiday terror threats, adviser says
December 17th, 2010
01:48 PM ET

U.S. 'vigilant' for holiday terror threats, adviser says

U.S. security is "particularly vigilant" to terror threats over the holidays, the president's counterterrorism adviser said Friday, striking a confident note that the United States is ready.

"We always have to remain on guard," said John Brennan, the White House counterterrorism adviser said at an event for the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The holidays are a particularly sensitive time because of the increased pace of travel, Brennan noted.

"I'm feeling good that we have appropriate resources in place" to deter attack this Christmas.

Last Christmas a young Nigerian man named Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab allegedly tried to detonate an explosive device sewn into his underwear as his flight headed toward Detroit, Michigan. More recently, al Qaeda operatives in Yemen tried to ship bombs disguised as printer parts to synagogues in the United States. The plot was discovered and stopped before the packages were flown into U.S. territory.

U.S. officials say they have no specific and credible information about planned terror attacks on the United States this holiday season, but they have issued an intelligence bulletin to state and local law enforcement warning terrorists could target large crowds at holiday gatherings.

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  1. zio

    We want peace and democracy for others. But we take war to em. we want the best for em but we killed 1000000 plus. we are either paranoyed because we made a reason to get attacked or this regime is generating a cause for politricks so we can keep supporting its wrong doing.

    December 18, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. AMERICAN TALIBAN LIBTARDS

    Liberals are more dangerous to the USA than any terrorist could ever be. Liberal policies are a terrorist best weapon.

    December 18, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
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