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Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Comforting news

Terrorists plan major terror attack in United...
Terrorists plan major terror attack in United States this summer: official [CBC.CA]

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. officials have obtained new intelligence deemed highly credible indicating al-Qaida or other terrorists are in the United States and preparing to launch a major attack this summer, The Associated Press has learned.

The intelligence does not include a time, place or method of attack but is among the most disturbing received by the government since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to a senior federal counterterrorism official who spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday.

Of most concern, the official said, is that terrorists may possess and use a chemical, biological or radiological weapon that could cause much more damage and casualties than a conventional bomb.

"There is clearly a steady drumbeat of information that they are going to attack and hit us hard," said the official, who described the intelligence as highly credible.

Now, this information has nothing to do with any political event in the next few months, no, that would be to obvious of a point. Reading a little deeper, one could argue that U.S. officials are releasing such thinly sourced threats because they received similar ones pre-9/11 and in retrospect, wished that they had been a little more proactive in preventing September 11.

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