News / USA

US Investigates 9/11 Anniversary Threat

An Amtrak police officer stands guard at a track entrance at Pennsylvania Station in New York, on September 9, 2011.
An Amtrak police officer stands guard at a track entrance at Pennsylvania Station in New York, on September 9, 2011.

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is urging Americans to be "vigilant" in reporting any suspicious activity, as investigations continue into what authorities say is a credible but unconfirmed terrorist threat planned to coincide with the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

In a statement Friday, two days before the anniversary, Napolitano said federal authorities are working with local and state law enforcement to implement "seen and unseen" measures to mitigate any danger. But she said protecting the United States is a "shared responsibility" and all residents can play a role.

Few details have been released about the nature of the threat, but Secretary of State Hillary Clinton indicated al-Qaida is behind it.  Delivering a speech on counterterrorism in New York Friday, she described the threat as a report that "al-Qaida again is seeking to harm Americans and in particular to target New York and Washington."

Authorities in both those cities say they have increased police staffing for the next several days, but that the threat of an attack would not disrupt Sunday's ceremonies for the anniversary.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement Friday commemorating the attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people. He said his thoughts are with the victims, their families, and everyone else who suffered and lost people. He said no cause justifies "wanton killing or destruction," and that the U.N. will honor the memory of the victims by rallying the world to fight for justice and peace, now and for future generations.

The White House says the newest terrorist threat has not changed President Barack Obama's plans to commemorate the anniversary. Obama is scheduled Sunday to visit the sites of the attacks in New York City, as well as at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The White House says the president has been continually updated on the threat and that he has called on counterterrorism authorities to redouble their efforts to protect the U.S.

In her speech Friday, Clinton said the country must do more to fight terrorism, but that it cannot and will not live in fear, sacrifice its values or pull back from the world.

Earlier this week, the U.S. government raised the alert level at its domestic military bases ahead of the anniversary.

Some information for this report was provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

You May Like

Video British Fighters on Frontline of Islamic State Information War

It’s estimated that several hundred British citizens are fighting for Islamic State alongside other foreign jihadists More

Pakistan's Political Turmoil Again Shines Spotlight on Military

Thousands of protesters calling for PM Sharif to step down continue protests in front of parliament, as critics fear political impasse could spur another military coup More

Photogallery Ebola Quarantines Spark Anxiety in Liberian Capital

Food prices rise sharply as residents attempting purchases clash with security forces, leaving one person dead More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Native Bees May Help Save Cropsi
X
Deborah Block
August 22, 2014 12:23 AM
U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video Native Bees May Help Save Crops

U.S. President Barack Obama has called for a federal strategy to promote the health of bees that have been declining. The honeybee has been waning due to parasites, disease and pesticides. Wild bees may be used to take over their role as crop pollinators. Scientists first need to learn a lot more about wild bees, says biologist Sam Droege, who is pioneering the first national inventory on native bees. VOA’s Deborah Block went to his research laboratory in Beltsville, Maryland, to bring you more.
Video

Video US Defense Officials Plan for Long-Term Strategy to Contain Islamic State

U.S. defense officials say American air strikes in Iraq have helped deter Islamic State militants for the time being, but that a broad international effort is needed to defeat the extremists permanently. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is better organized, and financially and militarily stronger than any other known terrorist group. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Drug-Resistant Malaria Spreads in Southeast Asia

On Thailand’s border with Myanmar, also known as Burma, a malaria research and treatment clinic is stepping up efforts to eliminate a drug-resistant form of the parasite - before it spreads abroad. Steve Sandford reports from Mae Sot, Thailand.
Video

Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
Video

Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.

AppleAndroid