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
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
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
"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
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.