FBI says West Coast bridge threat not credible

| 11/8/2001

Federal officials said Tuesday that a threat of possible terrorist attacks against West Coast suspension bridges is not credible. Despite the clarification, law enforcement agencies have been advised to remain on high alert.

Last week, the FBI issued a warning to law enforcement agencies in eight Western states warning of a possible attack on suspension bridges, based on "uncorroborated" information. The warning led California Gov. Gray Davis to heavily fortify the state's most prominent bridges and issue a warning that there was "credible evidence" that terrorists were plotting a rush-hour attack on one or more of the bridges.

Despite the new information, Davis said he intends to keep National Guard troops at the state's four major bridges - the Golden Gate and Bay bridges in the Bay Area, the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro and the Coronado Bridge in San Diego. The FBI provided no details as to why the latest threat has been dismissed.