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Terrorism / Bomb Plot / Cargo Planes #978671

ABC Evening News for Friday, Oct 29, 2010
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) A terrorism plot aimed against Chicago introduced. [President OBAMA - says intelligence and law enforcement identified suspicious packages bound for the US that contain explosives.]

(Washington: Brian Ross) The effort by Al Qaeda in Yemen to ship bombs to Chicago synagogues in air cargo packages examined; shipping diagram and a toner cartridge with white powder that may be PETN shown. [White House homeland security adviser John BRENNAN†- describes the size of the packages; states they want to find vulnerabilities in our system.] The latest intelligence of possibly 15 printer-bomb packages discussed.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Report introduced.

(White House: Jake Tapper) Obama's statement this morning about the terrorism plot from Yemen reviewed; details given of the timetable last night this morning and today about the information about the plot. [OBAMA - says the counterterrorism professionals are taking all necessary steps.] [BRENNAN - comments on concerns.] Obama's plan to continue with his campaign schedule noted and his itinerary discussed.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) How this The air cargo scare indicates the vulnerability of the cargo system introduced.

(Washington: Pierre Thomas) The tracking of cargo because of this terrorism plot out of Yemen examined; details given of plans for tightened security measures at airports and about "targeted" screening of cargo-only flights. [Representative Peter KING - says we cannot let our guard down because Al Qaeda is still active and looking for weaknesses.] [Former Homeland Security Secretary Michael CHERTOFF- explains why Al Qaeda relies on the mail or courier service.] Security questions discussed.

(Studio: Diane Sawyer) Live discussion held with terrorism consultant former counterterrorism official Richard Clarke† and ABC's Martha Raddatz about Yemen. [CLARKE - talks about the number of Al Qaeda in Yemen who are probably controlled by Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden††; states this was a very serious plot; predicts more CIA operations in Yemen.] [RADDATZ - talks about Anwar al-Awlaki, who is a top target of the CIA and the attacks on terrorism training camps.]

Sawyer, Diane;
Ross, Brian;
Tapper, Jake;
Thomas, Pierre

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