US on watch for domestic attacks…(The Be Afraid Machine Revs Up…)
By Eileen Sullivan
WASHINGTON — The FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned law enforcement agencies across the country yesterday that Osama bin Laden’s death will probably inspire home-grown extremists in the United States to try to carry out attacks in the near term.
The agencies issued a joint intelligence bulletin that said the core Al Qaeda group is less likely to carry out attacks against the United States in the immediate future, but its spinoff groups around the world could use bin Laden’s death as an excuse to speed up plans for attacks.
The intelligence community has no information of advanced terrorists’ plots in the United States but believes American cities, aviation, mass transit, and government facilities will continue to be attractive targets for terrorists, according to the joint bulletin.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said the government had no immediate plans to raise the terrorism alert level in the United States. But the State Department issued a warning on potential attacks against Americans abroad. It also boosted security at embassies around the world.