Intelligence officials get tip on terrorism attack in U.S.
Information suggesting plot called vague; officials are not raising alert level. U.S. intelligence officials have received information suggesting that al-Qaida might be plotting an attack in the United States this summer to coincide with one or more major public events, a senior U.S. official said last night. The intelligence includes no specific information, the official said, such as a date, place or method of a possible attack. Nor does it indicate how well-formed, if at all, any plot might be. Because of the vagueness of the information, officials said they have no plans to raise the nation’s terror alert level. Attorney General John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III plan to hold a news conference today to discuss efforts to detect and prevent terrorist activity. “There is information that leads us to be concerned that in the coming months, particularly because of special events, al-Qaida could be planning an attack,” the official said. Full Story