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. God

    Congress should pass a law removing September 11th from the calendar. Problem solved!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Huh?

      I like it. It works for the 13th floor.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shepherd

      Why don't you just do it yourself God?

      September 8, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Something tells me that Congress doesn't have quite enough authority to strike a day off of the Gregorian calendar..

      September 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nav

    shouldn't this be kept top secret instead of publishing it as news.. by publishing this news, media & govt is just scaring people and alerting the terrorists

    September 8, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tony Bologna

      Amen! I've never undserstood why the media has such a loose mouth with so many things of this nature. It's as if "they" think only Americans watch and read the news.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Henry

      No that is not ok. THe citizens need to be altered so if they see something out of the ordinary they are more likely to report it.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigDeek

      Yes it should, unless it is only a ruse to keep you in fear and convince you to give up more of your rights to the govt.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hunter

    Time to renew your Terrorist Hunting Permits!

    September 8, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Come at me!

      Already done. : )
      MFW Prestige 9,000 : D

      September 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ralph Petrillo

    This is all staged for the speech went off, and now they give a speech about terror. We always have to face that threat. Simply stop cars from driving into the city for rush hour on 9/11 No driving from 6 Am to ^6 PM on 9/11. Overnight there is no problem.

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

    Not to scare just be aware it is serious as these terrorists have hit unfinished targets and anniversary dates

    September 8, 2011 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Huh?

    How can a threat be both credible and unconfimed? Aren't these two terms mutually exclusive?

    September 8, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |

      Almost as good as an unconfirmed source.
      Good catch on the absence of logic.

      September 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • bailoutsos

      Right up there with "Plausible Deniability."

      September 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigDeek

      'cause it's fake and WE ALL KNOW IT!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      its kind of like the difference between the words precise and accurate. Precision is the degree to which several measurements provide answers very close to each other, while accuracy descibes the nearness of a measurement to the standard or true value. So one can be very precise, but at the same time, not be accurate.

      The threat is credible... meaning they have specific information, yet unconfirmed, meaning thats all they have to go on... Maybe if they get that information from a second or third source, then it becomes confirmed.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  7. larry

    They should be alerts in Houston Texas, to the petrochemical and NASA complex, as well as Wall Street and Times Square in New York and the downtown district of L.A as well as landmarks around Washington D.C. Nuclear reactors around the country should also be alerted to small and large planes as well as camera guided gliders with weapons attached to them.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve buck

      L.A.? really L.A? who would want to bother with a place that is so screwed up to begin with? maybe they could do so much damage that it could be rebuilt from scratch!

      September 8, 2011 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. bailoutsos

    Did baby Bush tell a reporter he heard something from a friend in the CIA there are WMDs in Canada? Time to send in the drones.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. dee


    September 8, 2011 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Mike

    Ya great thinking...apparently didn't learn our lesson the first time. Why can't the public know the details as to a possible target? Maybe if the US would have let everyone know about the intelligence they received about 911 in the first place, a lot of people wouldn't have went to work that day just in case, and would still be here. Oh wait...I know, because it was an inside job. Some things will never change.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. BigDeek

    More fake terror threats. Turn up the fear meter. All cower under the table here comes the boogey man. Give up your rights to big sis, bend over now.

    September 8, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. heyjoe69

    "Specific, credible but unconfirmed information"? Sounds like fear-mongering to me.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • BigDeek

      Cause it is fear mongering. Fake terror, fake terror, fake terror and WE ALL KNOW IT

      September 8, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mammy

    How convenient for that black man.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robin Bray

    The sky is falling, the sky is falling. And Wolf, wolf, wolf!

    September 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bonnie

    Your breaking news email story made reference to "weird things". What does that term mean in relation to this story?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      It would be weird if anyone in Washington did their jobs.

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