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Posted: 5/18/2002 2:47:18 PM EST
[url=http://www.nytimes.com/2002/05/19/national/19THRE.html][New York Times Article]

U.S. Intercepting Messages Hinting at a New Attack
By JAMES RISEN and DAVID JOHNSTON

ASHINGTON, May 18 — American intelligence agencies have intercepted a vague yet troubling series of communications among Al Qaeda operatives over the last few months indicating that the terrorist organization is trying to carry out an operation as big as the Sept. 11 attacks or bigger, according to intelligence and law enforcement officials.

But just as last summer's threats left counterterrorism analysts guessing about Al Qaeda's intentions, and believing that the attack might be carried out overseas, the new interceptions are so general that they have left President Bush and his counterterrorism team in the dark about the time, place or method of what some officials refer to as a second-wave attack. As a result, the government is essentially limited to taking broad defensive measures.

"It's again not specific — not specific as to time, not specific as to place," one senior administration official said.

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Link Posted: 5/18/2002 3:07:12 PM EST
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Link Posted: 5/18/2002 3:19:41 PM EST
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So what else is new? Keep your attention focused everywhere but where it should be. Watch out for the boogy-man!!
Link Posted: 5/18/2002 3:35:05 PM EST
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Since we now have an offical imminent Al Qaeda attack warning.... can I now go to wally world with my AR-15 ?
if not what will it take for that to happen?

[:D]
Link Posted: 5/18/2002 3:39:43 PM EST
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Saudi-born militant Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda network may be considering staging attacks on apartment buildings in the United States, the FBI said on Saturday.

 
The FBI has received information that al Qaeda operatives are "considering renting apartments in unspecified areas of the United States and then planting explosives," said FBI spokeswoman Debbie Weierman.

The information was "nonspecific" and "uncorroborated," Weierman said.

During the last few days, the FBI has passed the potential threat on to its field offices around the country as well as to local officials and apartment building managers and owners, Weierman said.

Weierman said the FBI has issued no official alerts, and put out the notices "only in an abundance of caution." She said there was "no reason to believe (the threat) has gone past the discussion phase."
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If you see someone wheeling a lot of fertilizer into your complex - you might want to look at notifying somebody.[shock]
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