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Time Magazine Reports Detailed Plans For Newark Attack; Governor Urges Port Safety

August 08, 2004
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Time Magazine Reports Detailed Plans For Newark Attack; Governor Urges Port Safety

The Associated Press

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) -- Information obtained by U.S. officials about a possible terrorist attack on Prudential Financial's headquarters includes plans to destroy the building by driving an explosives-laden vehicle into its parking lot, according to a published report.

But terrorists knew it might be difficult to fit a van or truck into the underground lot, so they proposed using a limousine stuffed with explosives, according to a Time magazine article due out Monday.

Officials on Aug. 1 raised security levels after reporting threats against Prudential's headquarters, the Citigroup Center building and the New York Stock Exchange in New York City and the International Monetary Fund and World Bank buildings in Washington.

The magazine article cites unnamed intelligence and law-enforcement officials who said computers and computer discs recovered from the home of an al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan contained information on potential attacks.

The haul was characterized as a "treasure trove" by one senior intelligence official and included a photo of the Prudential building added in January, Time reports. A Prudential spokesman on Friday said photos company executives viewed with the FBI had not been taken after 2001.

On Sunday, Gov. James E. McGreevey said increased security in Newark, put in place when the potential threats were made public on Aug. 1, would likely remain until the November elections.

While McGreevey said he felt safe with the measures in place, he also said that more needs to be done at ports in Elizabeth and Newark. He said 95 percent of the cargo coming in to those ports is not inspected.

"We need to understand the importance nationally of working together, not only with the private sector, but providing the resources necessary to provide this level of inspection," said McGreevey during an appearance on CNN's "Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer."

Also on the show were Washington Police Chief Charles Ramsey and New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly.

Kelly characterized as "sobering information" details in the magazine article purportedly known by terrorists, including that the Citigroup building is supported on steel load-bearing walls, not on a steel frame.

McGreevey said people should try to live normally, but that he understood "a certain amount of angst, fear and concern" among Prudential employees he met last week.

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"It's understanding this sort of duality of living our lives as Americans and practicing our freedoms but, at the same time, working cooperatively with the government when we see suspicious activity and playing a part in the battle against terrorism," he said.

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