9/11/11 Plot: Plotters Might Be Identified

The threat of an attack over the 9/11/11 Remembrance weekend has been updated with this: The threat was discovered on Wednesday in Pakistan. The CIA developed the information. The source was “credible,” “trusted,” meaning info from the source has been reliable in the past, but this time is believed to be secondhand. Three men, including “AT LEAST” one American citizen, traveled from Pakistan through Dubai to the U.S. in mid-August. They are tasked with exploding a car bomb(s) in New York or Washington, D.C. on September 10, 11, or 12. The information is said to be “credible,” specific,” but “unconfirmed.” There is only one source for the same information. While the ABC report below says “officials may have the name of one of the suspected bomb plotters, there is nothing in the report to detail how they have that name, but perhaps it is through flight records. See an important date with an FBI poster of Jude Kenan Mohammad – possibly one of the Americans mentioned in this story.

Osama bin Laden

ABC News (see the video here)

Officials may have the name of one of the suspected bomb plotters after a 24-hour intelligence manhunt, U.S. officials tell ABC News.

The hunt included an analysis of flight logs and other documents following a report from a CIA informant that three people were dispatched by al Qaeda to carry out a bomb plot in the United States, in either New York or Washington.

The intelligence from the informant, who is considered reliable by the CIA, led to the national state of high alert over the possible terror strike on the anniversary of 9/11, but the informant’s information itself may be secondhand, ABC News has learned.

Despite the secondhand nature of the source, the high quality of the information led authorities to deem the threat credible, if uncorroborated, and triggered the massive rapid police response in Washington and New York, and the all hands intelligence community and law enforcement manhunt.

“What’s striking about this particular information is its clarity,” a senior official told ABC News. “Usually intelligence comes in bits and pieces and officials have to connect dots. Here, I’m told, there were no dots to connect, there was so much detail in one place at one time. It was all laid out. If it’s a plot it is well-planned and there’s an intention to go forward with it. If it turns out not to be real then it’s definitely not. There is no middle ground.”

This CBS report says the three men are al-Qaeda operatives, all three may be American, may have legal travel documents and all are in their 30s or 40s.

We are told documents found in Osama bin Laden’s compound reportedly show that a 10th Anniversary attack was a mission and a goal:

“As of February 2010, al-Qa’ida was allegedly contemplating conducting an operation against trains at an unspecified location in the United States on the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001,” the document reads, using an alternate spelling for bin Laden’s terror group. “As one option, al-Qa’ida was looking into trying to tip a train by tampering with the rails so that the train would fall off the track at either a valley or a bridge.”

It would exceedingly strange if that were not the case. We expected something big on the 5th Anniversary, but the time came and went and there was no attack. We will have this worry every year, and especially every 5 or 10 year mark, but also remember that every day, every single day, the mission and the goal is to hit America again.

Thanks to Uncoverage for the great graphic

Posted by Maggie @ Maggie’s Notebook