From: Otis Willie
Subject: FBI Issues 9/11 Anniversary Alert
Organization: The American War Library
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 09 Sep 2002 16:37:32 EDT
Date: Mon, 09 Sep 2002 20:37:32 GMT
FBI Issues 9/11 Anniversary Alert
(EXCERPT) Mon Sep 9,12:47 PM ET, by CHRISTOPHER NEWTON, Associated
WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI ( news - web sites) is warning local police,
electrical companies and transportation agencies that it has received
a steady stream of threats that mention New York and Washington in
relation to the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Last week, the FBI posted a bulletin on its Web site and sent a
message over a private law enforcement bulletin system advising a
state of alert on Sept. 11.
Both bulletins said there is no specific or credible information
indicating that any of the commemorative events scheduled Wednesday
will be targeted by terrorists. But, because of the general threats,
the FBI advised a heightened state of awareness.
The police bulletin was sent Wednesday, according to a law enforcement
official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The Web site bulletin was posted by the FBI's National Infrastructure
Protection Center, an office charged with assessing threats and
warning local infrastructure companies and agencies.
Other events mentioned as warranting heightened awareness on the Web
site are the United Nations ( news - web sites) General Assembly
meeting in New York City on Sept. 10-20, and the World Bank ( news -
web sites) and International Monetary Fund ( news - web sites) meeting
in Washington, between Sept. 25-29.
"A large volume of threats of undetermined reliability continues to be
received and investigated by the FBI," the bulletin said. "Several of
these threats make reference to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and to
New York City and Washington, D.C."
While there is no specific intelligence of an attack on the U.N.
meeting, "such an event in New York City within the general time frame
of the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001
represents a potentially attractive target for terrorists," it said.
The bulletin said the World Bank demonstrations are planned by a
"loose alliance of left-wing groups."
"It is expected that some individuals plan to engage in criminal
activity aimed at disrupting the meeting and drawing attention to
their cause," the bulletin said.
"Historically, tiny contingents of individuals associated with the
protests belonged to violent groups. Those groups have a history of
causing property damage," it said.
Meanwhile, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer ( news - web
sites) said Monday that the threat of new attacks "remains a concern"
to U.S. officials. But President Bush ( news - web sites)'s chief
spokesman said the information that authorities have so far does not
indicate anything specific.
"Anniversaries can be, not necessarily always, can be occasions for
heightened terrorist activity," Fleischer said.
"I can't characterize the chatter level of anything out of the
ordinary at this time," he said, "but just given the fact that it's a
one-year anniversary, we're going to be on our toes."
U.S. military bases worldwide are on high security alert, although
each base commander decides on specific security measures, said Col.
Jay DeFrank, a Pentagon ( news - web sites) spokesman.
Fleischer said that Bush's speech to the nation on Wednesday evening,
as well as one he'll give Thursday at the United Nations, is "pretty
well buttoned down." He said the speeches will try to capture concerns
about new terror attacks.
At the same time, Bush will use the roughly 10-minute address
Wednesday night to project an image of solidarity and unity,
illustrated by a picture of the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop.
"Any time the American people are reminded of the price of freedom,
the sacrifices that people have made, it's an elaboration on an
enduring American ideal," Fleischer said.
"The president wanted a setting that reminded Americans of our moral
calling, our higher purpose as a beacon of liberty and freedom to
people around the world," his spokesman said.
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