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Big Apple Terror? Sources: Al Qaeda Plotting to Attack New York City Corporations
ABCNews in Washington DC ^ | 7/31/04 | ABCNews in Washington DC

Posted on 07/31/2004 3:45:34 PM PDT by tmp02

Edited on 07/31/2004 4:31:44 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

 
Big Apple Terror?
Sources: Al Qaeda Plotting to Attack New York City Corporations
ABCNEWS.com

N E W  Y O R K, July 31, 2004? ABC News has learned that federal and New York City officials have received credible intelligence that al Qaeda has been plotting to carry out suicide attacks on corporations based in the city.

Sources at several law enforcement agencies tell ABC News that an "overseas source" has provided the information about the threat to New York and that it is more significant than the usual "chatter" intercepted from likely terrorists that has prompted warnings in the past.

Officials from dozens of local and federal agencies met into the night Friday and again this morning.

"Intelligence reporting indicates that al Qaeda continues to target for attack commercial and financial institutions, as well as international organizations, inside the United States," the New York City Police Department said in a statement released today on the "ongoing al Qaeda threat."

"The NYPD recommends that corporate and institutional security directors review their protection of HVAC systems, parking installations, and security in general," the statement added. "The alert level for New York City remains unchanged at 'orange' or 'high.'"

Border Worries

Intelligence sources say al Qaeda plans to move non-Arab terrorists across the border with Mexico.

Authorities already have in custody a woman of Pakistani-origin arrested after crossing into Texas. She carried a South African passport with several of the pages torn out, $7,000 in cash and an airplane ticket to New York.

New York is already on heightened alert for the Republican National Convention, which meets at Madison Square Garden in a month and will bring scores of high government officials to town.

The sources tell ABC News that Wall Street firms may be among the targeted U.S. corporations based in New York City. Which corporations or how many may be targeted has not been revealed.

Suicide Truck Bombings

Particularly disturbing to authorities were the intelligence reports that the attack may involve one or more suicide truck bombings, a tactic never seen in the United States, but one widely used by terrorists elsewhere.

"I think they want to try and shake our psyche again," says Jerry Hauer, an ABC News consultant and former director of New York City's Office of Emergency Management. "And I think the easy types of attacks right now are car bombs, truck bombs."

Law enforcement officials acknowledge such bombs are extremely difficult to prevent.

As to the timing of any planned attack, sources say it could take place between now and Election Day in November.

As the government tries to verify the reports of the threat, there are no plans to raise the national threat level, a senior Bush administration official tells ABC News.

ABCNEWS' Pierre Thomas and Bob Jamieson contributed to this report.



TOPICS: Breaking News; Business/Economy; Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; US: New York; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: badengrish; jihadinamerica; made; majorcorportations; michaelmoore; muslims; nyc; suicidebomber; targets
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To: HamiltonJay
A few rogue individuals laidened with explosives walking into lobbies and blowing themselves up in 8 to 9am hour.

Maybe, but very difficult to do at just about all of the major buildings in Manhattan these days.

As for the NY Stock Exchange, you can't even walk close to the place without proper credentials and ID. The Federal Reserve Bank? Their police force is constantly on patrol -- both on foot and in cars (I see them drive down my block every night) -- both on the perimeter of the building and around the neighborhood (which is where I live) with powerful-looking machine guns and deadly serious looks on their faces.

41 posted on 07/31/2004 4:10:39 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Which FReeper likes to threaten to beat up women?)
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To: John Jorsett

Attacks by individual suicide bombers targeting public places (like malls) are almost impossible to prevent unless law enforcement gets very lucky. On the other hand, the terrorists probably know that they are damaging their own cause by this tactic. Imagine the backlash against Arabs & Muslims in this country if suicide bombing is tried here, even on a small scale! They will either leave or be lynched.


42 posted on 07/31/2004 4:10:48 PM PDT by rbg81
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To: vishnu6

" What we need is a wall a la Israel along the Mexican border.
"

But let's not build it until we've rounded up and shipped back all the illegals already in the USA !


43 posted on 07/31/2004 4:11:32 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: DannyTN
I can't remember about WTC #1, but in the OKC case it was not a suicide bombing as there was no one in the truck when it went off.
44 posted on 07/31/2004 4:11:40 PM PDT by upchuck (Words from sKerry or Actions from President Bush? You decide.)
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To: Sunnyvale CA Eng.

That is what the Dims will do. They have laid all the necessary foundation. Actually, at this point a reaction such as you suggest is probably the only chance the Dims have to defeat GW, despite the hundreds of millions that will be spent and the billion dollars worth of media support they will receive.


45 posted on 07/31/2004 4:11:57 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Havoc be upon them!)
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To: buffyt
what if terrorists hit Hollywood or Paris... would that WAKE UP the liberals?

They would say Bush did it.
46 posted on 07/31/2004 4:11:58 PM PDT by Bars4Bill
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To: SengirV

you know, last night I was hanging out and a couple guys that are retired said they would dump Bush if there were another attack before the election...



47 posted on 07/31/2004 4:12:00 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: MizSterious
I agree, Mr. Jeeves. Much of this country has lost its backbone. I hope it's a small number, but so far, it's turning out to be much larger than I ever dreamed it would be.

Yep. At least 30%. They're the extremely frightened ones who are all concerned about their own individual safety. They'll bow to Allah in a heart beat if they think it will stop a Muslim from hurting them personally. These are the people on the far left - especially Hollywood (They're the biggest cowards of them all).

48 posted on 07/31/2004 4:12:11 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: bitt

a tactic never seen in the United States,

What about Oklahoma City?


49 posted on 07/31/2004 4:13:30 PM PDT by nini
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To: Peach
Considering that Kerry refuses White House intelligence briefings and says he is relying on his own people, I'd like to know who those people are and what information they have. Can we blame him if there's an attack? After all, he hasn't warned us.

WTF??? Has he ever said *why* he refuses intelligence briefings?!

50 posted on 07/31/2004 4:13:37 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Which FReeper likes to threaten to beat up women?)
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To: concerned about politics

I guess we aren't in that category.

F*** Allah. Let the bombs begin to drop.


51 posted on 07/31/2004 4:13:37 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (http://www.osurepublicans.com)
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To: DannyTN

I think they meant the SUICIDE part....

those truck bombs were "set it and forget it"


52 posted on 07/31/2004 4:13:47 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: bitt
al Qaeda plans to move non-Arab terrorists across the border with Mexico

Vincente won't like that unless he gets a hefty pay off.

53 posted on 07/31/2004 4:13:59 PM PDT by mtbopfuyn
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To: maquiladora
suicide truck bombings

The only different between a suicide truck bombing and a truck bombing is one dead Islamist.

54 posted on 07/31/2004 4:14:20 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: BurbankKarl
you know, last night I was hanging out and a couple guys that are retired said they would dump Bush if there were another attack before the election...

Did you remind them the alternative would be candy ass John Kerry?

55 posted on 07/31/2004 4:15:39 PM PDT by concerned about politics ( Liberals are still stuck at the bottom of Maslow's Hierarchy)
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To: Maigrey
Methinks there should be a suspension of the silly gun laws in NYC to get the population involved in their own safety.

Don't get your hopes up on that one.

"There's too many guns on the street. And people use guns. Guns have one purpose, it is to kill people. There is no reason to have a gun." - Mayor Bloomberg, all of three weeks ago

56 posted on 07/31/2004 4:15:47 PM PDT by Dont Mention the War (we use the ˇ°ml maximizeˇ± command in Stata to obtain estimates of each aj , bj, and cm.)
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To: ConservativeMan55
Loaded, armed, and ever-so-ready for martyr production of biblical proportions!

Filthy gutter cult of murder and mayhem.

Good riddance.

57 posted on 07/31/2004 4:16:44 PM PDT by MarineDad (Whenever mosques and JDAM's meet, civilization benefits.)
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To: lavrenti

FYI...


58 posted on 07/31/2004 4:16:50 PM PDT by NYC GOP Chick (Which FReeper likes to threaten to beat up women?)
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To: NYC GOP Chick

With all due respect, it is quite easy to overpower foot patrols and squad car patrols. The terrorists have been improving upon this type of assault over the years. Look at the strike in SA (Kobar) only a few weeks ago. Pack a few trucks with jihadis and explosives and they can barrel right through that level of security. You can't defend against a military style assault with "police power". We need road blocks, 50 caliber machine guns, and anti-tank armaments to withstand that kind of assault.


60 posted on 07/31/2004 4:19:35 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (Havoc be upon them!)
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