Shaikh Mohammed was plotting attacks against commercial sites in
the United States and targets in the Arabian Peninsula, U.S. counterterrorism
officials said March 3.
U.S. intelligence memo dated Feb. 26 warned Mohammed was overseeing
plans to have al-Qaida operatives in the United States attack suspension
bridges, gas stations and power plants in New York and other major
cities, Newsweek reported March 2.
about Mohammed's activities led in part to the orange alert that
lasted most of February, the officials, speaking on condition of
of the concerns we had that caused us to raise the threat level
were attributable to the planning he was involved in,” Homeland
Security Secretary Tom Ridge told reporters Feb. 3, as reported
by The Associated Press. “There were multiple reasons that
we raised the threat level, and his relation to one of the plot
lines was one of the several.”
recovered a huge amount of information about al-Qaida at the Pakistan
house where Mohammed and two others were arrested early March 1,
a senior law-enforcement official said Monday.
includes computers, disks, cell phones and documents authorities
think will provide names, locations and potential terrorist plots
of al-Qaida cells in the United States and around the world. Mohammed
also was thought by U.S. officials to have details about the group's
and CIA officials were described as working around the clock to
pore over the seized information to prevent any imminent attacks
and to determine when and if more arrests could be made.