John Brennan, President Barack Obama’s counterterrorism adviser, said U.S. officials are working “’round the clock” to investigate a “specific and credible” threat of a terrorist attack against Washington or New York, even in the days after Sept. 11.
The terror threat concerns a possible vehicle-borne attack, sponsored by al-Qaeda, against New York or Washington.
President Barack Obama met with his national security team yesterday morning, to review the intelligence and ensure U.S. officials were pursuing all possible leads, Brennan said.
Over the weekend, the NYPD investigated the theft of three vans in possible connection with the terror threat, as two of the vans were stolen from a contracting company that did work at the World Trade Center site.
One of the vans was recovered yesterday in Queens. Police believe it was stolen not for terrorism purposes, but rather for the $60,000 worth of tools and equipment inside.
Police in Massachusetts yesterday also canceled a statewide search for a rental truck after it was found.
On Saturday night, someone saw men loading 55-gallon drums into a Penske truck and called police, who then raced to find the truck.
But it was determined that the truck was merely picking up charitable goods and donations, from different parts of the city, according to Boston police.