May 20th, 2011
11:01 AM ET

U.S.: al Qaeda has interest in strikes on energy infrastructure

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have warned police across the United States that al Qaeda has a "continuing interest" in attacking oil and natural gas targets, a department spokesman said Friday.

The warning came as a result of information seized during the May 2 raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, a U.S. official said.

"We are not aware of indications of any specific or imminent terrorist-attack plotting against the oil and natural gas sector overseas or in the United States," said Homeland Security spokesman Matthew Chandler.

"However, in 2010 there was continuing interest by members of al Qaeda in targeting oil tankers and commercial oil infrastructure at sea."

Chandler said it is "unclear if any further planning has been conducted" since the middle of last year.

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  1. Common sensesolutions

    Boycott OIL STOCKS: no one goes hungry: no ACLU issues.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    I hpoe the government steps up the areas around the nuclear plants.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michigander

    I live near Dearborn Mi, and they have the largest middle eastern population in the US. I have yet to see any terrorist activities from any of the Muslims living there. I'm not going to live my life terrified, despite the attempts by the Government and media to cause major anxiety to the masses.

    May 20, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      "Despite the attempts by the Government and media to cause major anxiety to the masses," people continue to free their minds.

      May 20, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. michaelfury

    May 20, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. pffft

    Id be more concerned about our govt

    May 20, 2011 at 11:30 am | Report abuse |
  6. bobcat2u

    NEWS FLASH al Qaeda wants to strike our energy infrastructure . Do you really think so ? My god !!!!!!!!!! What a revelation !!!!!!!!!!! Isn't there anything you can tell us that the common person hasn't already contemplated ?

    May 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |

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    May 20, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • DrManic

      How?! You didn't include your number. Otherwise I certainly would take you up on it!

      May 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. beaver

    News story's on what diaper heads aren't planning on targeting in the US would take up less internet space.

    May 20, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    I'm the real Cesar, I don't fuc on first dates. Please include your member size

    May 20, 2011 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cesar

    Must be at least 10 inches.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Cesar

    @popeye: where's my gay sailor?

    May 20, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    @Cesar: how r u sista?

    May 20, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |

    @banasy: what's wrong with you?

    May 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |

    You stop it banasy. Getting tired of your hypocrisy. So what if I'm gay.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |

    I drink my mom's kunt juice.

    May 20, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
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