Terror Threat Website Sparks Alert in New York

 “The reported threat of a dirty bomb attack in New York City that led to heightened security [last] weekend came from a Jerusalem-based Web site that claims more than a million daily readers, but is criticized by intelligence experts as unreliable,” reports the Associated Press. “Giora Shamis and his wife, Diane Shalem, launched DEBKAfile (Debka.com) in 2000 to focus on security, terrorist activities and military affairs in the Middle East. Shamis claims he and his wife predicted the al-Qaida attack on the World Trade Center. Shamis says Debka, which is financed by subscriptions and ad revenue, has a daily readership of 1.3 million. But its reports, published in English and Hebrew, rely on anonymous sourcing and often prove untrue.” Debkafile’s “monitors of terrorist Web sites and forums [had] connected the messages accumulating” August 9, according to the website. “They spelled out an al Qaeda threat mentioning New York, Los Angeles and Miami as targets of attacks ‘by means of trucks loaded with radioactive material.’ Our counter-terror sources and monitors stressed ‘there is no way of gauging for sure how serious these threats are, or how real.’” [View article]

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