September 9th, 2011
01:29 PM ET

U.S. official: Intercepted al Qaeda communications show attack planned

American spy networks have intercepted communications from a known al Qaeda operative in Pakistan that indicates plans for a potential terrorist strike in New York or Washington D.C, according to a senior U.S. official.

The communication comes from a source that has in the past provided accurate information, the official said, prompting intelligence officials to sift through communications from other known al Qaeda cells.

No corroborating evidence has been uncovered, the official added.

The information indicates that the strike - thought to come from a vehicle-borne bomb - is meant to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the September 11th, 2001 attack.

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  1. Ce sar

    Did you hear the one about the s kel that stopped at the stop sign? Well, he's still there. Bleep bleep. Blah. Blah.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Justen beiber

    Every year on 9/11 we hear our gOverment start rumors of a Plot. The terrorists wTch the news also and will attack when we least suspect it. The boy who cried wolf. The government start this rumor and panic begins or some hate crimes happen. I predict next year we have another threat.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • t

      Maybe you should show how much of a man you are and join the heros that fight for our govt and country, stop whining. Show some honor or at least some respect...Its so easy to talk trash when you hide behind the freedoms we provide for you...

      September 22, 2011 at 1:56 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Some reason you're mocking me, Cesar?

    September 9, 2011 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Ce sar

    These terrrrorists don't have the money or the muscle to carry out a terrorist act in NY or DC.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ce sar

    @banasy: Me mock you? Oh no, of course not, never. ...bleep bleep. Blah blah.

    September 9, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy©


    Oh. In that case,
    bleep bleeeeeeeep bleep blah blah bleh.
    Blah bleep blargh, bleh blarrrrgh!


    September 9, 2011 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. leeintulsa

    It doesn't take alot of money or muscle to do anything. Don't even have to be smart. Look at timothy mcveigh..

    September 10, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    Agree, if its the like of T.M or that Norwegian bomber or the Spokane MLK Day parade terrorist Kevin Harpham. But for an organization like Al-Qaeda to mount an attack on our soil watched every step of the way they run or hide by almost every spy agency in the world ??

    September 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. leeintulsa

    True enough, but we can't be overconfident. They recruit more all the time, i wager. It's not the well-known qaedis we really have to worry about, but the unknown foot soldiers, and sympathizers here already.

    The only reason the time square bomber failed was faulty bombs. We lucked out there, and i fear luck is all we have when the metal hits the meat.

    I obviously hope against it, but i really doubt we're as smart as we think we are..

    September 10, 2011 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    I will be on pins and needles until Monday.

    I pray nothing happens.

    September 10, 2011 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SLIM

    New reports show that the FBI is looking for 3 American terrorist from Iraq involved in a terror plot on 9/11/11. That maybe 'credible', but seeing that the story has had so many twists since thursday when the story first broke, there needs to be an investigation into wheather those American are not from Iraq, but from the Tea party or Republican party trying to overshadow President Obama's speech on getting the country back on track. Call me 'conspiracy theorist' but common sense says,"This has 'politics' written all over it".

    September 10, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. SLIM

    What stupid ass is going to obviously attack on the 10 year anniversary when they know we are gonna be watching either way. This is all Media and Government induced. If both of ya'll are watching, We the American people are smarter now, not falling for that 9/11/01 type thinking.

    September 10, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Count of Monte Cristo

    Interception was very timely. Lots of Overtime and Doubletime for NYPD officers. Thank you.

    September 21, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. 2011cnn2011

    no more talks for al qeada and taliban girls...drone drone drone....than hydrogen blast em, than no more of these animals..

    September 25, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
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