Feds see no specific terror threat against the U.S. / Keep track of potential danger after failed attacks against Saudi diplomat and Israelis (NEW YORK DAILY NEWS) By Joseph Straw WASHINGTON 02/16/12)
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WASHINGTON - There´s "no credible or specific" evidence of an Iranian
terror plot targeting the U.S., but officials are closely tracking
the threat, the country´s top homeland security official said
After failed plots targeting a Saudi diplomat in Washington and
Israelis in India, Thailand and the Republic of Georgia, the NYPD´s
intelligence boss said this week that Iran is essentially No. 1 among
threats to the Big Apple.
On Capitol Hill to pitch her agency´s 2013 budget, homeland security
secretary Janet Napolitano faced questions on Iran from House
Homeland Security Committee Chairman Pete King (R-L.I.) and
King voiced concerns that Iranian proxy Hezbollah - which bombed the
Israeli embassy and a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires during
the 1990s - might target U.S. synagogues.
Napolitano said there´s no proof Iran is poised to strike, but called
the rogue regime "a threat that bears watching."
DHS hosted a conference call with top U.S. Jewish organizations last
week to share its threat assessment, Napolitano told lawmakers.
DHS and partners like the FBI "are constantly monitoring their
activities around the world," said Napolitano, a New York native and
former federal prosecutor.
A blast in Bangkok linked to Iranians involved "sticky bombs"
attached to vehicles, which experts say could be payback for the
assassination of nuclear scientists Tehran blames on Israel.
But Thai police say they arrested two Iranian men after the
accidental explosion, including one whose legs were blown off. Two
more people were being sought.
In the Indian incident, which injured a diplomat´s wife going to pick
up her kids, a bomb was attached to a minivan with magnets - the same
type of devices used to kill several Iranian scientists.
The son of one appeared with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on
Wednesday to announce a new advance in the country´s nuclear program.
A defiant Ahmadinejad inserted what he claimed was the first
domestically produced fuel rod into a research reactor.
Last month Director of National Intelligence Gen. James Clapper told
Congress that Iran, cornered on the world stage over its secretive
nuclear program and thinly veiled threats to Israel, is more willing
to risk attacks on U.S. soil.
NYPD Director of Intelligence Analysis Mitchell Silber described last
year´s plot targeting Saudi Ambassador Adel al-Jubeir as a "Wow"
moment indicating Tehran is willing to risk war with the U.S. or
Iran´s Qods Force intelligence service tasked a Texas man with hiring
a Mexican drug cartel to target al-Jubier by bombing a Washington
restaurant with no regard for civilian casualties, prosecutors charge.
The suspect´s Mexican cartel contact happened to be a U.S. informant.
With Rocco Parascandola and News Wire services (© Copyright 2012
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