Flocco....who the hell is Flocco?
What are his credentials, where is his resume?
A well-placed U.S. military official told CNN on Thursday that the same
intelligence also led to a raid against suspected al Qaeda operatives
Both he and Bloomberg declined to give further details, citing security
No arrests have been made in Manhattan, but operations continue outside
the city, Kelly said, without mentioning where.
And Bloomberg said that officials "do not have any reason to believe"
that any of the plotters "are in New York at this point in time"
"There is a possibility that this particular threat may be resolved in
the coming days," said Mark Mershon, assistant director of the FBI´s
New York field office.
It was the first specific threat against the city´s subway system,
Bloomberg said. But the threat did not mention specific subway stations, he
"It was more specific as to target," he said. It was more specific as
to timing, and some of the sources had more information that would lead
one to believe that it was not the kind of thing that appears in the
intelligence community every day."
Bloomberg urged New Yorkers to be vigilant.
"If you see something, say something. Call 311 or 911, if it´s an
emergency," he said, urging vigilance. (311 is New York City´s phone number
for government information.)
Bloomberg said he still plans to travel on the subway Thursday evening
and Friday. "I have no problems with my daughters taking the subway any
more than me," he said.
An average 4.5 million commuters use New York´s subway system daily.
Kelly said that briefcases, baby strollers, luggage and other
containers will draw particular attention, and he asked the public to curtail
their use if possible.
In addition to more bag searches, the city has significantly increased
police presence -- uniformed and undercover -- on the subways and at
station entrances, Kelly and Bloomberg said.
Source: Iraq connection
The highly classified operation involving the U.S. intelligence
community and the U.S. military was carried out against suspected al Qaeda
operatives south of Baghdad, CNN has learned from a well-placed U.S.
"Significant intelligence was also gathered in this raid, along with al
Qaeda operatives who were rounded up," CNN´s Jamie McIntyre reported,
citing the official who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Few other details were provided about the raid, which occurred in the
town of Musayyib, in the lawless area nicknamed "The Triangle of Death."
But the official said the raid was the result of the same intelligence
about the threat to New York´s subway system.
The news came 10 days after the arrest of nine people in France
allegedly plotting attacks on the Paris subway, an airport and an intelligence
"We can´t be too careful, and the precautions that New York City has
taken are appropriate and make a good deal of sense," said Sen. Charles
Schumer of New York, a Democrat. "We cannot be in a situation where we
don´t turn over every stone. But the bottom line is that in the post-911
world, you can´t be too careful."
In July, London´s public transportation system was attacked twice. At
least 52 people died and 700 people were wounded when four men detonated
bombs aboard subway trains and a double-decker bus on July 7. The
morning rush-hour attacks made it the city´s bloodiest day since World War
Nobody was killed when simultaneous attacks were carried out on three
London subway trains and a bus two weeks later, on July 21.
In a speech Thursday, President Bush said that since September 11,
2001, the United States and its allies have thwarted 10 al Qaeda attacks
worldwide, three of them inside the United States