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WBEN Extra: The Terrorism Threat

The State Department has ordered the evacuation of non-emergency government workers from Yemen in response to an intelligence warnings of potential terrorist attacks. A U.S.. intelligence official and a Mideast diplomat tell The Associated Press that the source was an intercepted a message between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri  and his deputy in Yemen about plans for a major terror attack.   Security officials in Yemen say a suspected U.S.. drone strike has killed four alleged members al-Qaida. The officials say the missile hit a car carrying the four men in the country's east, setting it on fire and killing all of them. One of the dead is believed to be a senior member of the terror network.
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Yemeni soldiers inspect cars at a checkpoint on a road leading to the U.S.. embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013. Security forces close access roads, put up extra blast walls and beef up patrols near some of the 21 U.S. diplomatic missions in the Muslim world that Washington ordered closed for the weekend over a ``significant threat'' of an al-Qaida attack. (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)

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Maj. Mike Lyons, USA (Ret'd) , CBS News Military Consultant


 Dan Neaverth Jr., Erie County Director of Emergency Services.


Buffalo's Early News,
In Studio, In-Depth:

Former Homeland Security Agent Steve MacMartin, Dir. of Medaille College's Homeland Security Program

On Worldwide Threats

On Al Qaeda & Terror Cells

On Yemen and Other Trouble Spots

On Domestic, Local Threats; Drones


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 While the latest from the Mid-East is not directed at the United States.....

The terror threat in Yemen brings up an awareness of how the attacks on 9/11 and others since have changed the way local governments do business.

 "Everyday it is about preparing and managing the grants so that if something does occur you are capable of responding to that," says Dan Neaverth Jr., Erie County's Commissioner of Emergency Services. 

"Probably the most important aspect of homeland security is the communications aspect. And by that I mean that it's not the 'push to talk' on two-way radios. We are all capable of talking to one another and if something does happen, we know where to go, who picks up the phone to get things responded to," Neaverth says.

Adds Cong. Brian Higgins: "You may remember approximately two months ago, there was a terror plot that was thwarted and it was anticipated that was going to blow up a passenger train between Niagara Falls and New York City.. and two individuals were apprehended and that was a direct result of the intelligence that was shared between local law enforcement agencies.


 ....There are WNY targets.

Chiheb Esseghaier and Raed Jaser are both charged with terrorism by Canadian officials after plans hit close to home.

The accused Al Qaeda plotters in Canada were planning to derail a New York-to-Toronto train as it crossed a bridge at the border — and send it tumbling into the Niagara River more than 200 feet below.

The plan was to take out a train with passengers on board and the crossing trestle,” a police source told the Toronto Sun newspaper. “It was meant to be spectacular and there would have been a lot of carnage.”

Higgins points to the that incident, the other area border crossings with Canada and the Niagara Power Project in suggesting that Western New York needs to be vigilant.

"Keep in mind terrorists like to target high impact targets and that's why Buffalo becomes susceptible to terrorists attacks," Higgins says

 VIDEO: See more on the Falls Bridge Plot Below

VIDEO The Falls Bridge Plot

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WBEN Extra: The Terrorism Threat
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