Al-Qaeda planning to feed Americans with poisoned food (VIDEO)

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Al-Qaeda planning to feed Americans with poisoned food (VIDEO)

The terrorist organization Al Qaeda “was considering the possibility of poisoning of products used in American cafes and restaurants, said on Tuesday, December 21, the television channel CNN referring to representatives of the Department of Homeland Security

(CNN) — The al Qaeda group that built two toner-cartridge bombs in an unsuccessful attempt to blow up planes in October also has contemplated spreading poison on salad bars and buffets at U.S. hotels and restaurants, U.S. officials told CNN Tuesday.
But U.S. officials sought to downplay the threat — first reported by CBS News — saying it was months old, and that it was more in the nature of a discussion of “tactics” than an actual plot. Officials implied the tactic is beyond the capabilities of the terrorist organization, which is based in the Middle East.
The United States has received information the group — al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula — was considering the tactic of placing ricin and cyanide poisons into food supplies, Department of Homeland Security officials confirmed to CNN.
In response to that information, U.S. officials met through regular channels with representatives of the hotel and restaurant businesses to discuss the possibility that terrorists could target the food supply, and to reiterate “best practices” to ensure the food supply is safe.
Officials, however, likened the threat to numerous others discussed in jihadist publications such as the online magazine Inspire, where al Qaeda members and sympathizers discuss various ways to attack Western countries.
“We’re talking months, not weeks (ago), that this came into the threat stream,” one official said.
Earlier this year, the federal government staged a tabletop exercise, or role-playing drill, in which the government and industry practiced responses to a fictional incident involving “intentional contamination” of food. A Homeland Security Department official said the drill was not a direct response to the threat information, but that the threat from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, known as AQAP, helped define the scenario and add to its authenticity.
The group that held the exercise — the Food and Agriculture Sector Coordinating Council — declined to discuss the threat, referring CNN’s calls to the Department of Homeland Security.

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