January 15, 2010
[efoods]Federal officials say there is no imminent threat of a terrorist attack on U.S. soil, but a source cites a “palpable level of angst” among those in the intelligence community.
“I have not seen people this ramped up on the terror front like this for probably two years,” said the source, who is familiar with the probe into Christmas Day’s attempted airplane bombing.
Information gained since the botched terror attack last month on a Northwest Airlines flight has U.S. officials concerned that al Qaeda in Yemen has “trained and equipped … viable operatives” to strike U.S. targets, including those unrelated to aviation, the source said.
The source said the investigation into the electronic communications associated with Umar Farouk AbdulMutallab, the 23-year-old Nigerian charged in the botched attempt to bomb an airplane, initially took officials in different directions.