LOS ANGELES (CBS) — The FBI and Homeland Security say al-Qaeda had planned to target trains in the United States on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
New intelligence from the May 1 raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan is being now being disclosed to local law enforcement agencies.
After killing bin Laden, Navy SEALs took computers, DVDs and other documents.
CBS News sources confirm al-Qaeda memos referenced attacks against Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Washington, D.C.
The terrorist organization was considering tampering with unspecified rail tracks, so trains would derail over valleys or bridges.
LAPD Deputy Chief Michael Downing, who heads the department’s counter-terrorism bureau told KNX 1070 the information is alarming but not at all surprising.
Los Angeles has been a terrorist target since the so-called “Millennium Bomber” failed to hit Los Angeles International Airport in 1999.