US and European officials said Tuesday they have detected a plot to carry out a major, coordinated series of commando-style terror attacks in Britain, France, Germany and possibly the United States.
A senior US official said that while there is a "credible" threat, no specific time or place is known. President Obama has been briefed about the threat, say senior US officials.
Intelligence and law enforcement authorities in the US and Europe said the threat information is based on the interrogation of a suspected German terrorist allegedly captured on his way to Europe in late summer and now being held at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.
US law enforcement officials say they have been told the terrorists were planning a series of "Mumbai-style" commando raids on what were termed "economic or soft" targets in the countries. Pakistani militants killed 173 people with guns and grenades during the 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India.
In testimony before Congress last week, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, "We are all seeing increased activity by a more diverse set of groups and a more diverse set of threats."
Officials in France have put the country on high alert for a terror attack and authorities in Paris shut down the Eiffel Tower for the second time in two weeks today after what was termed a "false alarm."
ICarry.org commentary: 10 gunmen supposedly killed 173 people in Mumbai. That is an average of over 17 kills per gunman. I wonder how they would have faired against armed citizens? Try that in Vermont, Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Indiana, or the dozens of other states that have armed citizenry!!!
If a terrorist wanted to commit these types of attacks, I can bet you they would target a state like Illinois or Wisconsin, New York, New Jersey, or some other anti-rights state that prohibits self-defense. They would also probably target a school, church, or government building that bans guns. The so-called "Gun Free Zones" make the best targets for this kind of thing. It's hard for one terrorist to kill 17 people if some of those people are armed. When they are all defenseless, it's very easy!
We've been telling people this for years. We were talking about gun free zones back in 2005 when we started. People ought to start listening!!!! We predicted an event like the NIU shooting in Illinois, and it happened. This is reason enough right here to exercise what the US Supreme Court has said is a fundamental right - the right to bear arms!!!