After a spate of bombs found yesterday in foreign embassies in Rome, Italy has again ratcheted up concern, with authorities calling on people to be on the lookout John Brennan, the White House counterterrorism chief, said Wednesday"We remain vigilant to attempts by Al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations to carry out cowardly attacks against innocent men, women, and children, and we are working very closely with other governments to share all threat information immediately and to coordinate closely our counterterrorism and security activities,".
Brennan's warning comes days after Attorney General Eric Holder, the FBI, and Department of Homeland Security also alerted the public to a possible attack, citing a year's worth of thwarted attempts starting with last year's Christmas Day "underwear" plot. It was a year ago that a suspected Al Qaeda operative tried to detonate explosives packed in his underwear, onboard a flight bound from Amsterdam to Detroit.
According to The Associated Press the Homeland Security Department was alerting air carriers to a potential terror tactic involving insulated beverage containers like thermoses. But until now there is no intelligence about an active terror plot.
The bad side in all of it that it is Just days before Christmas,when the White House asked Americans to be vigilant this holiday season, warning of a possible though unspecified terror threat from Al Qaeda. The caution echoed a weeks' worth of warnings from law enforcement authorities.