Documents, DVDs and computers found at Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan suggest that al-Qaida was considering another attack on the U.S. on the 10th anniversary of 9/11. U.S. officials, on the other hand, have no recent intelligence supporting that such a plot is in the works.
Officials say that since February 2010, al-Qaida was considering "an operation against trains at an unspecified location in the United States," set for Sept. 11, 2011. An advisory suggested that al-Qaida may have planned to tip a train by tampering with the rails so that the train would go off the track at either a valley or on a bridge.
Matt Chandler, spokesperson for Homeland Security, issued a statement saying the department has no reason to believe the U.S. rail sector is in any imminent danger and has no plans to issue a terrorism alert. "We want to stress that this alleged al-Qaida plotting is based on initial reporting, which is often misleading or inaccurate and subject to change."
We get the transparency intended with this release, but why worry Americans with the news? This information will simply make Sept. 11, 2011, a day of panic and fear. Until the government gains solid information, it might want to keep a tight lid on the bin Laden findings.
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