Al Qaida Planning U.S. Attacks

The FBI has made public that they have reason to believe that Al Qaida will attempt attacks on shopping malls this holiday season. The question is, of course, whether this is a credible threat.

The alert, like similar FBI and Department of Homeland Security terror alerts issued over the past five years at holiday times, raised questions about the credibility of the information.The bulletin acknowledges that U.S. intelligence officers are uncertain as to whether the information is real, and intelligence officers say there is a concern that it could be “disinformation.”

Law enforcement officials at three different agencies told ABCNews.com the FBI alert was based on a source who has proved reliable in the past.

It sounds to me like the FBI isn’t sure whether this is credible or not and decided that it would be better to reveal its suspicions of an attack rather than wait and see.

To be honest with you, I saw the headline “Exclusive: FBI: Al Qaeda May Strike U.S. Shopping Malls in LA, Chicago” and thought to myself, “This weekend?” I’m going to be spending Saturday at the mall while my aging Ford Exploder is repaired.

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~ by Gabriel Malor on November 8, 2007.

 
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