Al Qaeda Terror ‘Spectacular’ This Summer
U.S. intelligence community believes a major al Qaeda attack could be forthcoming this summer, ABC News reports.
A secret U.S. law enforcement report, prepared for the Department of Homeland Security, warns that al Qaeda is planning a terror “spectacular” this summer, according to a senior official with access to the document.” This is reminiscent of the warnings and intelligence we were getting in the summer of 2001,” the official told ABCNews.com.
U.S. officials have kept the information secret, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said today on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” that the United States did not have “have any specific credible evidence that there’s an attack focused on the United States at this point.”
Certainly, the handling of this is proceeding much differently than during DHS’ early days under Tom Ridge, when every bit of “chatter” was hailed with great fanfare at a press conference, accompanied by a raising of the terror alert level color code and a marching band. It didn’t take long before the public treated these announcements with yawns.
Whether this turns out to be real or a false alarm will be known soon enough, I suppose. Chertoff’s demeanor, though, strikes me as correct. There’s not much the public can do, anyway, aside from the ever-popular keeping eyes and ears open and, of course, “remaining vigilant.”
This, however, is troublesome if true:
As ABCNews.com reported, U.S. law enforcement officials received intelligence reports two weeks ago warning of terror attacks in Glasgow and Prague, the Czech Republic, against “airport infrastructure and aircraft.” The warnings apparently never reached officials in Scotland, who said this weekend they had received “no advance intelligence” that Glasgow might be a target. Homeland Security Secretary Chertoff declined to comment specifically on on the report today, but said “everything that we get is shared virtually instantaneously with our counterparts in Britain and vice versa.”
One would hope. It would be an outrage, indeed, if we had solid intelligence about an attack in the UK and didn’t get around to warning them.