Yesterday, a new terror threat was announced by the government which could effect this weekend′s September 11 Memorials on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Federal authorities say this is a credible threat and that they are looking for three suspects, however they do not have names as of yet. A car bomb threat seems to be at the heart of the ′chatter′ our intelligence assets have detected. Both Washington, DC and New York City are the terror threat targets. While the current terror threat alert level has not been increased, additional security will be in place at 9/11 memorials at the former site of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center as well as bridges and tunnels in the NYC terror threat area. The same heightened security can be expected at locations throughout Washington as well.
Intelligence gathered from the compound of Osama bin Laden, as well as other sources in Pakistan, indicated that there were several plans for attacking the United States on September 11 this year. However, al Qaeda often has threatened to do so on the 9/11 anniversary before. What distinguishes this new threat is information about three men, all bilingual who speak English and Arabic are already here in country. One apparently has arrived from Pakistan or Afghanistan within the past month. The new al Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawarhiri, may be eager to do something just to show that they are still functioning.
Reports of some stolen rental trucks from Kansas City have been followed up and accounted for. While last year′s Times Square car bomb plot failed, al Qaeda operatives considered that operation a success, since the vehicle bomb was able to be assembled and put in place. With tighter security involving commercial jet liners, and even small, general aviation aircraft being watched more closely, car bombs and lone shooters appear to be part of a new trend that some analysts refer to as ′al Qaeda 2.0′, which seeks smaller, more easily executed types of attacks.
Federal and local officials in Washington, DC and New York City are taking the new terror threat for the September 11 memorials seriously. They consider a potential car bomb threat during the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks as real based on the intelligence. While specifics and details are few, authorities are seeking three suspects believed to be involved in this credible threat. mayor Mike Bloomberg spoke yesterday about additional precautions being taken in response to the NYC terror threat. New terrorist threats are discovered frequently, but this one seems to have more substance than others. However, there is no change in the current terror threat alert level. Ceremonies will be held this weekend at the site of the World Trade Center where the Twin Towers once stood, as well as at the Pentagon and Shanksville, Pennsylvania.