FBI Issues 9/11 Anniversary Alert
Mon Sep 9,11:31 AM ET
By CHRISTOPHER NEWTON, Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI ( news - web sites) is warning local police, electrical companies and transportation agencies that it has received a steady stream of threats that mention New York and Washington in relation to the anniversary of Sept. 11 attacks.



Last week, the FBI posted a bulletin on its Web site and sent a message over a private law enforcement bulletin system advising a state of alert on Sept. 11.

Both bulletins said there is no specific or credible information indicating that any of the commemorative events scheduled Wednesday will be targeted by terrorists. But, because of the general threats, the FBI advised a heightened state of awareness.

The police bulletin was sent Wednesday.

The Web site bulletin was posted by the FBI's National Infrastructure Protection Center, an office charged with assessing threats and warning local infrastructure companies and agencies.

Other events mentioned as warranting heightened awareness on the Web site are the United Nations ( news - web sites) General Assembly meeting in New York City on Sept. 10, and the World Bank ( news - web sites) and International Monetary Fund ( news - web sites) meeting in Washington, between Sept. 25-29.

"A large volume of threats of undetermined reliability continues to be received and investigated by the FBI," the bulletin said. "Several of these threats make reference to the events of Sept. 11, 2001 and to New York City and Washington, D.C."

While there is no specific intelligence of an attack on the U.N. meeting, "such an event in New York City within the general time frame of the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 represents a potentially attractive target for terrorists," it said.

The bulletin said the World Bank meeting is planned by a "loose alliance of left-wing groups" and likely to draw protesters.

"It is expected that some individuals plan to engage in criminal activity aimed at disrupting the meeting and drawing attention to their cause," the bulletin said.

"Historically, tiny contingents of individuals associated with the protests belonged to violent groups. Those groups have a history of causing property damage," it said.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Ari Fleischer ( news - web sites) said Monday that the threat of new attacks "remains a concern" to U.S. officials. But President Bush ( news - web sites)'s chief spokesman said the information that authorities have so far does not indicate anything specific.

"Anniversaries can be, not necessarily always, can be occasions for heightened terrorist activity," Fleischer said.

"I can't characterize the chatter level of anything out of the ordinary at this time," he said, "but just given the fact that it's a one-year anniversary, we're going to be on our toes."

Fleischer said that Bush's speech to the nation on Wednesday evening, as well as one he'll give Thursday at the United Nations, is "pretty well buttoned down." He said the speeches will try to capture concerns about new terror attacks.

At the same time, Bush will use the roughly 10-minute address Wednesday night to project an image of solidarity and unity, illustrated by a picture of the Statue of Liberty as a backdrop.

"Any time the American people are reminded of the price of freedom, the sacrifices that people have made, it's an elaboration on an enduring American ideal," Fleischer said.

"The president wanted a setting that reminded Americans of our moral calling, our higher purpose as a beacon of liberty and freedom to people around the world," his spokesman said.

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On The Net:

NIPC: http://www.nipc.gov/publications/inf...2/ib02-007.htm

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