What is the Department of Justice Attorney General Eric Holder talking about when he said on Wednesday, to reporters, “We don’t have any credible, specific allegations of activity or threats of any kind of activity on September 11.” A.G. Holder added, “We are being vigilant with regard to what is out there. We are prepared to respond to anything that we see.”
However, according to reports from New York media, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly appear to be telling the public that there is indeed a “credible” threat that may be timed around the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
According to a Friday article by NBC New York: (bolding is mine)
New Yorkers can expect to see extra subway bag checks, vehicle checkpoints and more police officers throughout the city as U.S. intelligence officials have picked up threat information about possible terror attacks to coincide with the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
The NYPD has increased already-tight security because of the intelligence, officials said.
Mayor Bloomberg rode the subway to City Hall Friday, declaring that the city “won’t let terrorists intimidate us.”
Bloomberg, with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and Janice K. Fedarcyk, the director of the FBI in New York, held a late-night briefing Thursday to warn New Yorkers to be vigilant and to expect even tighter security going into the anniversary weekend.
The threat, Bloomberg said, “is credible, but it has not been corroborated. But we live in a world where we must take these threats seriously, and we will.”
Intelligence collected from overseas indicates a possible threat involving car bombs, as well threats to bridges and tunnels, according to a security official. The information indicated that three men would travel from Pakistan to the U.S. to carry out an attack.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that the threat “should not surprise any of us.”
“It is a continuing reminder of the stakes in our struggle against violent extremism, no matter who propagates it, no matter where it comes from, no matter who its targets might be,” she said, speaking in New York.
“We are taking this threat seriously — federal, state and local authorities are taking all steps to address it.”
Overnight into Friday, investigators have been searching databases and travel records to see if anyone of concern entered the country in recent weeks that could match up with the threat information from overseas. Nothing has shown that matches the unconfirmed threat information, NBC New York has learned.
The information said one or two of the men might be traveling with U.S. passports, which complicates the search.
New York City and Washington, D.C., are mentioned in the non-specific car bomb threats, according to another source.
Who are we to believe here? Is the Department of Justice properly communicating with the Department of Homeland Security and the NYPD regarding issues of national security threats or is Mr. Holder not giving the public proper information?
During the 9/11 Commission hearings in 2004, Attorney General John Ashcroft humiliated 9/11 Commissioner Jamie Gorelick when he pointed to the fact that she was the one who (H/T Mark Levin at National Review)undermined national security defenses by putting up a “wall of separation” between U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies when she was number two at the Justice Department during Bill Clinton’s administration.
Hopefully, the contradicting messages on terror threats we are hearing from both DOJ’s Holder and now New York City officials is not a result of a communication failure or another “wall of separation.”