Homeland Security says al-Qaida Still Plans Large-Scale Attack

JULY 8, 2004 - Posted at 10:31 a.m. CDT

WASHINGTON - Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge says there's "credible" information indicating that al-Qaida is moving ahead with plans for a "large-scale attack" in the U.S., aimed at disrupting the November elections.

Ridge says its clear that al-Qaida has the capability to carry out such an attack.  He says U.S. authorities don't have information on the time, place or method, but that they're "actively working" to gain that knowledge.

He says al-Qaida is working under the "mistaken belief" that such an attack would affect the nation's resolve.

Ridge says there's no specific information indicating that al-Qaida is targeting either the Democratic National Convention later this month in Boston or the Republican National Convention a month later in New York.

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