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. Kurt

    What the GOP are at it again?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kurt

    Officials say 3 people may be involved in possible terrorist threat that could involve a bomb-laden vehicle

    The Koch Brothers and Cantor?

    September 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Don't forget Norquist

      September 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama


      September 8, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fearlessdude

    Yes, you are Jesus Freak.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. blind

    It's obviously just to get people on their edge. The CIA is in charge of all terror threats anyway... Wait, didn't they train all the Al-Queda in the 1980s? Terror is an inside job to keep the people under control.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mtks

    To KJB333, you want us dead and we have you all killing each other. Nice! As planned

    September 8, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Kurt

    Those Republicans will do anything to upstage the President on a night that he speaks to America.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      Kurt your vehicle joke was a blast.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. George

    Someone, please get's time to invade another country.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. munkittrick


    September 8, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Scottish Mama

    The president was Fabulous tonight. He looks healthy. Let's go country get behind made in America. This Christmas make it red, white, and blue made in america.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    The Al-Qaeda in disarray and on the run, no funds nowhere to hide. This is the assessment of our own agencies.
    So I tend to agree with you @Loss4words.
    Nothing will happen. God bless & protect America.

    Now let's look at the horror of 9/11 thru the eyes of our closest 'ally'.
    " 9/11 has been very good for Israel ". "we have been benefitting from attacks on Twin towers & Pentagon and America struggling in Iraq" Benjamin Netanyahu in a speech to Bar Ilan University, April 2008.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. saywhat

    @ Scottish Mama

    So right. He came out fighting and showed grit.
    I like him this way. And then he knows how to deliver a speech.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      I want somethng to work for the people. Congress did not seem happy.

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

    684. Norway killing – eliminate opposition (9/1/2011)

    Norway terror attack was created to distract the main plot – the elimination of Kat Sung. There was also another purpose – to punish a satellite country that is disobedient.

    The current Norway government is a center-left coalition government. It has a pro-Arab foreign policy and tries to be independent from the US led NWO.(New World Order) It planned to withdraw from the attack on Libya on Aug. 1.

    [quote] Norway has been resisting that pressure and pushing for a more peaceful approach to the US-led NATO attacks on Libya and refused to provide weapons to NATO, finally announcing last month that Norway would quit its military role in Libya by August 1. [/quote]

    War now is the core policy of the US ruling class. Even when it is in a economic down turn and facing a debt crisis and budget problem, it still keeps its huge war and military spending. They still have one unfinished plan in Mid-East – war on Iran. Any defiance from that policy is not allowed. That's why Norway was selected as the target of a "terror attack".

    Norway killing is malicious. The camp in Ytoya was organized by the ruling left party. The dead youth are the generation of the future leader. The NWO tyrant eliminate their potential opposition in advance.

    In domestic US, their plan to eliminate opposition is evident too. Study and understand the meaning of the following news.
    [quote] FBI's Mueller: Bin Laden Wants to Strike U.S. Cities With Nuclear Weapons
    Ronald Kessler
    Tuesday, May 15, 2007
    Osama bin Laden and his terrorist group desperately want to obtain nuclear devices and explode them in American cities, especially New York and Washington, D.C., FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III tells NewsMax.

    Al-Qaida Plans Nuclear Attacks on 7 U.S. Cities

    NewsMax Wires

    Williams maintains that al-Qaida is not content on blowing up one nuclear device or even simply a "dirty" nuke – but wants to explode real nuclear devices in seven U.S. cities simultaneously

    If you have noticed, the relationship of the recent earthquak, hurricane to the FBI Chief's "especially New York and Washington, D.C., "

    September 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    @ blind

    A people scared & divided are easy to rule.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. FalseFlagAlert

    Look out for a false excuse to attack Iran

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

      Erm, that would have been POTUS McCain... wrong dude.

      September 8, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. saywhat

    No false excuse needed to attack Iran. We have Israel's boot up our behinds. A push & we go there.

    September 8, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
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