• Officials Warn of Terrorist Threat for Old Times' Sake

    You know, you just generally don't peg fundamentalist agents of terror as the sentimental types.

    So, I was a little shocked when government counterterrorism officials sent out a warning for a possible maybe car bomb attack by al Qaeda in either New York City or Washington D.C. to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 this upcoming weekend.

    Really, they could have just sent a card

    In a statement, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, Matt Chandler, called the threat "specific, credible, but unconfirmed." Another official said American intelligence agencies were urgently pursuing leads overseas in an effort to gauge the seriousness of the threat…

    The mayor noted that the threat information had not been corroborated and warned against an overreaction. He declined to speak about the nature of the threat report.

    "The best thing we can do to fight terror is to not let it intimidate us," Mr. Bloomberg said, adding that he planned to take the subway in the morning as usual. "I can tell you our ceremonies will go on over the weekend exactly as they were planned," the mayor said, referring to the memorial events for the 10th anniversary.

    Okay. Okay. So, the mayor of New York City wants us all to stay calm and go about our business. Stay calm because of what? Does this mean he knows something? Maybe we should start freaking out now, just to be on the safe side.

    And to beat the weekend freaking-out traffic.


    Tags: 9/11, al Qaeda, Michael Bloomberg, New York City, Terrorism, Washington DC


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