No sooner had President Obama completed his 30-minute-plus address to Congress on his proposed jobs bill than Homeland Security reporters advised of a possible terrorist threat on the anniversary of 9/11.
The New York Times emailed out this alert:
Counterterrorism officials on Thursday were assessing a new report of a threat of an attack in New York City or Washington using a car or truck bomb, timed to the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, according to several officials briefed on the matter.
In a statement, a spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security, Matt Chandler, called the threat "specific, credible, but unconfirmed." Another official said American intelligence agencies were urgently pursuing leads overseas in an effort to gauge the seriousness of the threat.
"It's in the early stages, and a lot of vetting is being done in other places," the official said.
Meanwhile, the NBC News affiliate in San Diego reported that a massive power outage hit the area, knocking out electricity to nearly 1.4 million customers in the area, as well as parts of Orange County, Palm Springs, Mexico and Arizona.