“They continue to plot, and one of their major goals is to hit the United States,” one official said, adding that he was not authorized to discuss the matter on the record. “Everyone understands that, and we have fresh, credible evidence of it.”
The official indicated that the government had obtained the intelligence in the last few days.
“Our concern about AQAP has intensified,” said a second intelligence official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, referring to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. “The threat from Al Qaeda did not end on Dec. 25.”
The Associated Press is reporting its own sourcesas saying that security is increasing on all flights into the U.S. because of an al-Qaida threat from Yemen.
This in addition to what one of my own Homeland Security sources told me Monday, that 25 similar plots like the Christmas Day incident were already planned and ready to be executed on airlines by AQAP.