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By Michael Hanrahan
Feds say terrorists - some within 25 miles of the White House - will strike this summer
Hidden stockpiles of deadly terrorist weapons that Al Qaeda planned to use to murder innocent Americans have been found in the U.S., top government sources tell The ENQUIRER exclusively.
The startling discoveries in upstate New York and New Jersey were the secret reason Attorney General John Ashcroft recently issued the chilling warning that terrorists are operating in the U.S. and getting ready to strike this summer.
And it has set off a massive hunt for more weapons and terrorist safe houses - some believed to be located just 25 miles from the White House!
They Are Here
"Many Americans think that terrorism is somewhere 'over there,' in the Middle East and Europe, far away from daily life in the United States," a member of the Justice Department's antiterrorism task force told The ENQUIRER.
"That is no longer true. The intelligence information we are getting and the finding of terrorist weapons here in the United States puts the threat of terrorism right at our doorstep."
Acting on crucial information supplied by Britain's MI-5 and the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, members of the Justice Department's special antiterrorism task force uncovered one cache of arms in New York and another in New Jersey that were being readied by the terrorists, said a Justice Department source.
The weapons discovered by the feds included automatic rifles, bomb-making materials and rubber boats.
During the top-secret raids conducted by the FBI, Justice Department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and a special antiterrorism unit of the New York City police, the task force also found several maps and papers now being scrutinized at the FBI lab in Quantico, Va.
"Getting the weapons and the maps was a real coup," said the source. "The maps and papers show the terrorists have occupied safe houses in Virginia, within 25 miles of the White House.
"We have been on to these guys for years. The terrorists are difficult to trap. They stay on the move and frequently change locations.
"But the difference now is that they are getting bolder. And the more they show their hand, the harder we will come down on them."
The antiterrorism task force is now concentrating their searches in the mountain regions of New York, New Jersey, Virginia and North Carolina, said the Justice source.
And they are working hard to infiltrate terrorist cells.
Attorney General Ashcroft released photos of seven suspected terrorists in his press conference, but the task force knows of and is actively watching another 100 men and women across the United States, said a task force insider.
"Many of the suspects do not realize we are on to them. We even have a man inside an Al Qaeda cell. It is all very secretive. Our man has not yet learned who some of the other cell members are," the insider revealed.
"One terrorist cell is not aware of what another is up to."
New information gathered by Britain's MI-5 agents and relayed to the U.S. just weeks ago suggests that Al Qaeda has planned devastating attacks in the coming months for London and Washington, D.C.
But this is no time to panic, said the task force member.
It's Up To Us
"It is time for Americans to show some real concern, to be vigilant and to inform the FBI or local authorities of any suspicious activities in their neighborhood," the task force member urged.
"If the strangers down the block act strange or are unusually quiet about their activities, then we want to know about them. It is not un-American to inform on suspicious people. It is the right thing to do - the patriotic thing to protect America."
Published on: June 8, 2004
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Source: National Enquirer