Al-Qaida target: Pearl Harbor

| 3/4/2003

Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network planned to attack the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor, HI, using hijacked airliners, The Washington Times reported March 3.

The potential targets included nuclear powered submarines and ships, the newspaper said.

Intelligence reports about the threat to the naval base were sent to senior U.S. officials in the past two weeks and coincided with reports that al-Qaida was planning a major attack, the newspaper reported.

The CIA had no immediate comment on the report. A spokesman for the Pentagon was not immediately available.

The newspaper said officials pointed to the intelligence reports as a factor in the U.S. government's decision earlier this month to raise the terror threat level to orange, or “high” risk of attack.