- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 11, 2007

New threat?

The White House has called an urgent multiagency meeting for tomorrow to discuss a potential new al Qaeda threat on U.S. soil, ABC News reported yesterday.

Top intelligence and law-enforcement officials have been told to meet in the White House Situation Room to report on steps to minimize or counter the threat and what steps are being taken to tighten security at government buildings, ABC said, according to Reuters.

A White House spokeswoman confirmed that after the attempted attacks in Britain, the U.S. government convened meetings to discuss the situation but added that there was no credible evidence of an imminent threat.

“Counterterrorism officials regularly meet; that is not unusual. We are taking all threats seriously and working to ensure we can keep the terrorists from striking at innocent people,” White House spokeswoman Emily Lawrimore said in an e-mail.

ABC News cited senior U.S. intelligence officials as saying that new information suggests a small al Qaeda cell was on its way to the United States or may already be in the country.

Clinton’s new book

A book by former President Bill Clinton, called “Giving: How Each of Us Can Change the World,” will go on sale in September, the publisher announced yesterday.

Mr. Clinton plans to donate a portion of the proceeds to charities and nonprofit organizations, Knopf Publishing Group said.

“Giving” goes on sale Sept. 4, with a first printing of 750,000 copies, said Knopf, a division of Random House, which is part of Bertelsmann AG. Mr. Clinton, who recently hit the campaign trail on behalf of his wife, Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, plans a U.S. tour to promote the book, the publisher said.

Mr. Clinton lately has spent time building up his charitable Clinton Foundation, which works to address global health, poverty, and environmental and economic concerns, Reuters reports.

“I’ve done my best in this book to demonstrate what I’ve seen firsthand through my foundation’s work in Africa and around the world,” Mr. Clinton said.

Looking at the charitable work of individuals and nongovernmental organizations “has proven to me that almost everyone — regardless of income, available time, age and skills — can do something useful for others and, in the process, strengthen the fabric of our shared humanity,” he said.

The book will examine the life-changing aspects of giving, the role of governments, and ways ordinary people can make a difference, Knopf said.

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