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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

U.S. Probes Potential Obama Inauguration Threat From Al-Shabaab Terror Group Who Run a Website out of Vancouver WA

WASHINGTON Jan 20 (Reuters) - U.S. authorities were investigating a potential threat, of uncertain credibility, in connection with the inauguration of president-elect Barack Obama, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said.

Final preparations are made at the U.S. Capitol on the morning of the inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States at his inauguration ceremony in Washington, January 20, 2009.

The threat concerned an unspecified incident involving the Somali Islamist insurgent group al Shabaab, authorities said. Obama was due to be sworn in as president as huge crowds gathered in central Washington for the event. Security was unprecedented, with tens of thousands of U.S. troops and police.

"The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security ... and the intelligence community are coordinating with other law enforcement authorities to investigate and analyze recently received information about a potential threat on inauguration day," department spokesman Russ Knocke said.

The bulletin was part of regular efforts to keep local officials aware of security developments. There was no change to the overall threat level, the department said.

A law enforcement official said the United States had been tracking the al Shabaab-related threat for several days. The Somali Al-Shabaab group is on the U.S. list of terrorist groups. It has primarily acted in the violence-wracked Muslim East African country, but U.S. intelligence officials have recently expressed concern about young Somalis living in the United States who have gone to train with al Shabaab.

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Obama's transition team had been briefed on the threat warning, Knocke said.
He said the public should continue with their plans to attend the inaugural, but be vigilant. "Inauguration events could present an attractive target due to the large public gatherings and participation of many dignitaries," Knocke said. "Authorities are constantly reviewing security measures in light of this threat information."


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