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U.S. probes ‘credible’ terror threat on 9/11 anniversary

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US security officials said Thursday they are investigating a credible terror threat to the United States ahead of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

“In this instance, it?s accurate that there is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information,” the Department of Homeland Security said.

“We have taken, and will continue to take all steps necessary to mitigate any threats that arise,” it added in a statement.

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The department noted that in the US raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in May, documents and computer files seized at this compound showed the terror network had pondered strikes to coincide with Sunday’s anniversary, including against American trains.

“We continue to ask the American people to remain vigilant as we head into the weekend,” it said.

The announcement came after the Pentagon on Wednesday raised the alert level at bases across the United States as “a prudent and precautionary measure,” given Al-Qaeda’s interest in milestones and anniversaries.

US media reported that the threat possibly targeted Washington or New York but homeland security officials did not confirm those accounts.

NBC said talks were underway on whether to raise the US alert status before the anniversary of the attacks, when nearly 3,000 people were killed in an Al-Qaeda plot against the United States.

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US Navy commandos tracked down and killed bin Laden at his hideout in the Pakistani garrison town of Abbottabad in May.

The biggest event will be the reading of victims’ names at Ground Zero, which will be attended by victims’ family members, President Barack Obama, former president George W. Bush, and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Although there have been no attacks on the scale of 9/11 in the United States in the 10 years since, the nation has been on heightened alert amid a series of foiled and failed attacks.

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Security is the main concern among organizers of the ceremonies remembering those who died and large crowds are expected as the country reflects on a decade of war abroad and fear of further attacks at home.

A decade on, America is marking 9/11 with a series of events to honor those who died when hijackers crashed planes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in rural Pennsylvania.

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Trump personally asked what ‘tanks’ could be used to break up George Floyd protests

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On Tuesday, The Daily Beast detailed how President Donald Trump himself has been behind the push to use the military to control the protests against the police killing of George Floyd — to the extent that he actually asked about specific military equipment that would be available for that purpose.

"[Defense Secretary Mark] Esper, along with other cabinet secretaries, stood next to the president during the remarks in the park after participating in an hour-long call with governors in which he said they needed to 'dominate the battlespace' to quell the protests," reported Erin Banco, Spencer Ackerman, and Asawin Suebsaeng. "But three senior Pentagon officials who spoke with The Daily Beast said they viewed the secretary’s comments on the call as a way to publicly show support for the president. They did not expect the department to actually implement a plan that would reflect the president’s rhetoric and force additional troops upon the states."

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FBI has ‘no intelligence’ Antifa was involved in Sunday’s violence at DC protests: report

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Attorney General Bill Barr and President Donald Trump have tried to blame Antifa -- or anti-fascists -- for violence in the protests against police injustice. But the public data has backed up their case, and even their on intel disputes the argument.

"he FBI’s Washington Field Office “has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence that occurred on May 31, according to an internal FBI situation report obtained exclusively by The Nation. That same day, President Donald Trump announced on Twitter that he would designate Antifa a terrorist organization, even though the government has no existing authority to declare a domestic group a terrorist organization," Ken Klippenstein reported for the magazine.

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NYC protesters defy curfew — with a profane message for Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Protesters in New York City continued to march after 8 p.m. on Tuesday -- in open defiance of a curfew order from Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Jan Ransom, who covers courts and jails for The New York Times, posted video of protesters chanting, "f*ck your curfew."

Wonder what protesters think about @NYCMayor’s 8 pm curfew?

Just listen. pic.twitter.com/8H38XNGfQt

— Jan Ransom (@Jan_Ransom) June 2, 2020

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