Officials confirm 'credible but unconfirmed' 9/11 threat
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said "there's no reason for any of the rest of us to change ... our daily routines."
September 8th, 2011
10:05 PM ET

Officials confirm 'credible but unconfirmed' 9/11 threat

[Updated at 10:05 p.m. ET] New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters Thursday night that authorities are "taking additional precautions" given "new threat information" tied to the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

These measures include "vehicle checkpoints around the city," more bomb-sniffing dogs around the city, increased towing of illegally parked cars and greater police staffing, according to Kelly.

[Updated at 9:56 p.m. ET] New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told reporters Thursday night that while additional police will be deployed around the city amid reports of an "unconfirmed" terror threat to the city on September 11, "there's no reason for any of the rest of us to change ... our daily routines."

In an earlier statement, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents to be "cautious and aware" while adding, "There is no reason to panic." And D.C. Metro Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that authorities in the nation's capital are preparing for 9/11 anniversary events and noted "maintaining a certain sense of unpredictability is essential to the success of any security plan."

[Updated at 9:53 p.m. ET] U.S. officials said Thursday evening they have "specific, credible but unconfirmed" information about a potential threat against the United States coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

"We have received credible information very recently about a possible plot directed at the homeland that seems to be focused on New York and Washington, D.C.," a senior administration official told CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr.

The official said the plot was believed to involve three individuals, including a U.S. citizen. U.S. officials believed the threat was a vehicle laden with explosives, but "the intelligence picture is not completely formed," the official said. "Not enough is known about the potential operatives and their plotting."

Another source gave CNN conflicting information about possible details of the threat.

A senior law enforcement official involved in briefings about the matter told CNN Justice Department Producer Terry Frieden that his best information is that the three individuals had not yet entered the United States.

The information came in around noon Wednesday, one official said.

A senior federal law enforcement official intimately involved in counterterrorism efforts told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King authorities "aren't sure if this is or real or just chatter." The official confirmed the threat was vehicle-related.

Officials said they were taking the threat seriously, while evidently trying to temper the news by saying such threats are commonplace during key events.

soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. H.N.I.C

    Oh no! Terrorists are attacking Imaginationland again. Must be the Cavity Creeps again! Quick, someone imagine a giant tube of Crest toothepaste wit tartar control!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • NB

      Oh no! Officlas didnt do enough to prevent 9/11

      Oh no! Officals are doing too much to prevent another 9/11!

      You guys are hilarious.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Suzann

      This article sounds like it belongs in the Onion.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • michaelfury

      "U.S. officials believed the threat was a vehicle laden with explosives"

      Same as it ever was:

      September 8, 2011 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Uncontrolled substance

    The only threat 2 America is.....

    September 8, 2011 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • cecilia

      I was thinking more along the lines of Tea Party

      September 8, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. s kel

    I was a 1st reponder to go to the Pentagon on Sept 11, 2001 and I say to this news story" what else is new"!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Joeyknuckles

    The scare tactics have begun...

    September 8, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • NB

      So youre all mad that they didnt prevent 9/11 yet you think theyre scaring you when they are.


      September 8, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Richard

    BHO is an IDIOT !!!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • dude Mcdude

      Uh... So was bush but i'm sure you called people traitors when they said that then didn't you?

      September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      They called people Terrorists who where anti-Bush

      September 8, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  6. MrHelobious

    Pretty sure nothing will happen...

    September 8, 2011 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  7. You'll See...

    Honestly, I hope something does happen, so America will wake up again and see that there are people that want you all dead, for really, no good reason. Maybe then you'll clue in and start taking radical Islam seriously again.

    What a way to spend 9/11 10 years later... wondering if there ever was a threat. You Americans are hilarious.


    a Brit who knows better.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • cecilia

      if you think only radical Islam is a threat you are mistaken – any radical group is a threat – just look at the damage done by the tea party

      September 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Come at me!

      Haha I know right. Because of 9/11 everyone thinks Muslims are the only "Radical" people....WRONG! What ever happened to the IRA "Radical Catholics" the Tea Party "Radical Conservatives" the Neo-Nazi's "Radical Fascism" North koreans "Radical Communists" China "Radical Economy theifs" xD

      September 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. KJB333

    massive power outage on the west coast makes this no laughing matter

    September 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. hippiekenny

    Yeah, the threat is very real – it's called the Tea Party

    September 8, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Iain

      @hippiekenny The article says "a credible threat" – so they can't mean the tea party.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rick James

    Muslims suck, scratch that. Religion sucks, scratch that. People suck for creating religion hence Islam

    September 8, 2011 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Come at me!

      You know what sucks more.... People who complain because they don't like things there way then try so hard to show it thus creating tension between a group of people leading to formidable war. : (

      September 8, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Extremism SUCKS! And from your comments sound like one.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LouAZ

    I do not think this is an appropriate response to Marryin' Newt's rambling babble about someone, somewhere, intent of harming the USA during Wed eve Repungnant Debate Debacle.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Ryan

    Uhmmmm... So we only worry when we are near September 11? Why would they plan a attack on Sept 11 if they know our security will be super crazy on that day? Lol. We should always be paranoid on security every day, not just near sept 11.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JeffinIL

    Ten years later and the stupidity has become terminal.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Come at me!

    I would love to see them try and do something. Damn they come around my town they gonna get it bad. American citizens are just as tough as our Soldiers! Second Amendment Bro! Please just try and do something. You won't make it far. Not at all! Well anyways My prayers go to all the Americans and Muslim Americans who died in 9/11....Yes thats right I said American Muslims because it seems even some Americans let a couple backward nuts reshape a religion! Americans are Americans. : ) <3

    September 8, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Good job

      Right on Brotha!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dana

      Would packing a concealed weapon have helped anyone on September 11, 2001? Did it help victims of the DC sniper? Why would it now?

      September 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  15. David

    Grow up people, it is nearing the 10 year anniversary of 911 of course the risk of threats is going to be higher and of course ensuring people are on guard is good policy. Those trying to play politics with this just look and make your party look silly.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
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