No credible threat of attack on anniversary of bin Laden's death
People walk past Osama Bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan the day after he was killed
April 26th, 2012
01:26 PM ET

No credible threat of attack on anniversary of bin Laden's death

By Carol Cratty

President Barack Obama met Thursday with national security team members "to review the threat picture" five days prior to the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, the White House said.

"At this time, we have no credible information that terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda, are plotting attacks in the U.S. to coincide with the anniversary of bin Laden's death," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters. "However, we assess that AQ's affiliates and allies remain intent on conducting attacks in the homeland, possibly to avenge the death of bin Laden, but not necessarily tied to the anniversary. The president thanked his team and directed them to continue taking all necessary measures to protect the American people."

Carney's remarks came the day after federal authorities issued an intelligence bulletin saying there is "no credible information" that terrorist groups will try to mount attacks to coincide with the anniversary of the U.S. raid that killed bin Laden on May 2, 2011, in Pakistan.

But the advisory says extremists have not lost their desire to hit the United States and may renew efforts to target planes.

The bulletin, issued by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Northern Command, says individuals have posted messages on "violent extremist Web forums" vowing attacks on the United States around the anniversary, but adds that "such threats are almost certainly aspirational."

According to the document, there is no evidence al Qaeda itself has chosen to attack on the anniversary. But the bulletin says the group would view an attack on the United States at that time as "a symbolic victory that would help reassert the group's global relevance following the major leadership losses and operational setbacks it has suffered over the past year."

U.S. officials are particularly concerned about al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, also known as AQAP, which the bulletin refers to as "an enduring threat to the West." The bulletin says the group may wish to "advance plots along multiple fronts, including renewed efforts to target Western aviation."

In addition, U.S. officials warn that al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula "advocates recruitment of Western operatives, and disseminates propaganda intended to prepare its adherents to act individually in their home countries, including the United States."

Law enforcement previously has issued similar advisories, including shortly after bin Laden was killed. Another was issued after Anwar al-Awlaki was killed by a drone strike in Yemen in late September. Officials said al-Awlaki was a key figure in al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and helped direct the plot by Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab to use a bomb hidden in his underwear to take down an airliner over the Untied States on Christmas Day 2009. The group allegedly tried another aviation plot in late 2010 with explosives hidden in printers placed on cargo planes.

A law enforcement official said such bulletins are distributed "all the time for situational awareness for our law enforcement partners." Federal officials use the advisories to encourage law enforcement partners to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity which could indicate a plot is in the works.

- CNN's Lesa Jansen contributed to this report.

soundoff (107 Responses)
  1. Abdallah

    Where osama gone you would find your selves their (unblievers).

    November 22, 2012 at 1:59 am | Reply
  2. sue

    After reading some of these posts you kind of regret the whole 'freedom of speech' thing and wish the government actually could track people down through their on-line postings. If you dislike President Obama so much, why don't you pack up and go elsewhere, we sure as hell don't want you.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:21 am | Reply
    • Jesse

      I started reading these comments in hope to see some insightful debate about the actual artical. instead i was barraded with conspiracy theories and dumbasses bitching about things irrelavant to the topic. thanks for wasting my time with your childish messages about aliens and other bullshit

      April 27, 2012 at 8:10 am | Reply
    • //////////

      Actually, Sue, the government CAN 'track you down'. If they really want to, that is. Besides, whats the point of having a democracy if you can't bitch about your 'leaders' – regardless of ideology.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  3. casper

    hey republican failures! Guess what?.................HEAD SHOT!! BOOM!
    Obama took Osama out. And none of your crying and whimpering will ever change it.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:07 am | Reply
    • Ryan

      Ah yes, the one who was watching the scene as if he were watching a movie 'killed' Osama.

      April 27, 2012 at 2:54 am | Reply
      • Dla1

        Better then that trud eatting smirk Bush had while standing under a "Mission Accomplished" banner!

        April 27, 2012 at 6:49 am |
  4. sk

    One year anniversary of the biggest ..oh wait second biggest con in History.

    April 27, 2012 at 2:04 am | Reply
    • Big Al

      It WAS the biggest con! Bin Laden is still alive and I know that you have proof! Also, Obama is a Muslim and was not born in America! Iraq had WMD and Bush really DID win Florida! Don't believe the liberal press! They hate freedom!!!

      April 27, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
      • Rob from New York

        OMG! I just saw Elvis.....

        April 27, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  5. Eliana Isra

    Anyone with a lick of occult knowledge knows this systematic assassination of these so-called terrorists under the Obama Nation was specifically orchestrated to have Kim rise to power. He is not as insecure as he looks. The missile launch was an intentional failure so that the masses with greatly underestimate N. Korea's might to catch them off guard while everyone's ego is wrapped in this Trayvon case. Every world leader are in cahoots with different means of psychological control over the masses. They're all playing the end time games, but Kim will be the one to execute it.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:27 am | Reply
    • Big Al

      Alien beings are also invading this planet – as we speak! – to take over our bodies and bend us to their will!

      April 27, 2012 at 2:14 am | Reply
      • Rob from New York

        is that why I'm suddenly getting a craving for pickled herring ? I hate pickled herring !! HELP !!!!

        April 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  6. Eliana Isra

    In a time like 2012, the last thing I'm worried about is someone Avenging Bin-landen's death...I'm more worried about North Korea and April 30th.

    April 27, 2012 at 1:19 am | Reply
    • Rob from New York

      well, its nice to see you've fully recovered from Y2K :)

      April 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  7. Joe M.

    The US should send drones over Abbotobad to set off fireworks in celebration of Bin Laden's death. I really like those red chrysanthemum fireworks. And maybe something similar on the Washington Mall.

    April 27, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
  8. RBN

    Bin Laden died cowering in a safehouse like the little punk he was. But when is his master, G-Dub, going to be brought to justice? You remember G-Dub – the U.S. President that refused to stop Bin Laden. Obama takes office and BAM! the prick is dead. If the GOP still held the Whitehouse, Bin Laden would still be running around free.

    April 26, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
    • Dan

      I almost feel sorry for blithering idi0ts like you.

      April 27, 2012 at 12:22 am | Reply
      • RBN

        The truth hurts, but you'll live.

        April 27, 2012 at 3:14 am |
  9. Chuck D

    Bin Laden died in 2001 before September 11. He was admitted to a hospital in Dubai for Kidney dialysis by 2 CIA agents who paid the bill.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:39 pm | Reply
    • Joe M.

      Whats that stuff you're smokin'?

      April 26, 2012 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  10. gideon

    Israel needs to be the focus here.

    We are facing destruction from Iran, but you still stuff burgers in your fat American faces…

    PUT BOOTS IN IRAN!!

    Have you forgotten what happened to us in WW2???

    If you Americans withdraw support, I’m quite sure my nation will take you down with us. The Jews are sick of taking shittt.

    Read the bible, the Jews are Chosen. You owe us your support.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
    • Tyler

      I hope this is a satirical comment...

      April 26, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
      • jqent

        Rather heavy-handed satire. Fails.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • RBN

      You need a boot in your @ss, Troll!

      April 26, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Reply
      • Adin

        love it

        April 27, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • Peace Keeper

      Gideon you are a stupid, stupid fool. You talk smack about us Americans but ask for our help in the same sentence. Go back to scholl you idiot. You owe everyone an apology for the way you talk on cnn dick face. Your country is so puny it can be destroyed by Iran (whose entire navy is half the size of one of our fleets.) We will help your country Because we are THE GREATEST COUTRY ON EARTH. Now stop running your mouth about stupid nonsense concerning Isreal.

      April 27, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
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    April 26, 2012 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • Bill in Florida

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      April 26, 2012 at 10:15 pm | Reply
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  15. JEAD LINE SAYS IT ALL

    so why does cnn carry a story that does not exsit ?

    just to remind the common folk of who got bin laden , well that truth is found at the desk of the intel and the brave that did the deed , NOT OBAMA !

    April 26, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • strangerq

      , well that truth is found at the desk of the intel and the brave that did the deed , NOT OBAMA

      _______________________________________

      Hypocrite.

      Had Obama's mission failed you'd be calling for impeachment.

      He succeeded. I know it ticks you off but it was a victory for America and for President Obama.

      And a defeat for terrorists and right wing losers as well.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
    • Obama got Osama

      The right-wing nuts would rather Osama was not killed that day just so Obama could not get any credit for it.

      They would rather Osama still be alive so that they could still call Obama a Muslim terrorist.

      They would rather that Osama was not in that house or that the Navy Seals got killed in the operation just so they can blame it on Obama.

      Unlike Bush/GOP, Obama made it TOP PRIORITY to capture or kill Osama so that the US could end the war in Afganistan and Iraq.

      With Osama dead, it makes ending those unpaid Bush/GOP wars much more credible.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:48 pm | Reply
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    April 26, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
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      April 27, 2012 at 12:06 am | Reply
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    April 26, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
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