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. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Do they still have the color code system?

    Everyone be alert.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |

    hopefully they (the goverment) has learned their lesson and has a black op team standing by...
    shoot first , ask questions later... i won't lose any sleep if a few muslims go missing... they dont tip the pizza driver anyways...

    September 9, 2011 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. michaelfury

    "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"

    Deja vu:

    September 9, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. michaelfury

    "meant to coincide"

    Coincidence, nothing more.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. yada

    I seem to remember them finding similar information when they found Bin Laden.

    September 9, 2011 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Recollections of Al-Jazeera The "voice" of al-qaeda

    1.) al-Qaeda. lit. 'the Base'. 2.) Al-Jazeera's original headquarters, and ONLY headquarters at the time, was on the property of an US military base in Qatar. 3.) Now you know why it's called 'the Base' 🙂

    September 9, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio )

    Imagine that. A group of grown-ups , proving to the world, they're capable of counting to 10. They're bluffing. They probably released that communique, so they could do harm elsewhere.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |

    @cia.. you have my ip and email address... just paypal me.. and give me a name and address of the suspect and you wont have to worry...

    September 9, 2011 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bimbo the Birthday Clown

    Aww, how nice of them to remember the anniversary. But I seem to remember bin-Laden got his anniversary gift early.


    September 9, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |

    i'm going to remember 9-11 by going to the masque down the street with all the muslims and powerbrake and paintball em...

    September 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bobcat2u

    Instead of concentrating specifically on the vehicle threat, they need to pay a lot more attention to human bombs. It would be a whole lot easier for a group of people wired to blow themselves up to infiltrate into the crowds. Detection of this type seems to be a larger task.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  12. layminister herman

    Hey bobcat and ruffie the only crowd that Ill be around is church Yep we might get anywhere from 15 to 25 boy now thats a crowd

    September 9, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. michaelfury

    "communications from a known al Qaeda operative in Pakistan"

    It wasn't this guy, was it?

    September 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. layminister herman

    @Bobcat now with what your saying Cannibals would be happy their humans would be preground They could make human burgers after one of them fools blows themselves up

    September 9, 2011 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. bobcat2u

    Yeah layminister, you may scoff, but don't discount the millions of people who may well be in danger. I would hope that you have at least a semblance of a conscience. If something does happen and people are hurt or killed, your self rightousness will really shine.

    September 9, 2011 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
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