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National Politics Sat Oct 30 2010

Terrorist Plot That Targeted Chicago Synagogues Foiled

Yesterday a terrorist plot to ship explosives in computer printer toner cartridges from Yemen to Chicago synagogues was foiled thanks to international cooperation and particularly a tip from Saudi intelligence officials. Although the plot coincided with President Obama's visit to Chicago for a Get Out The Vote Rally, The New York Times reports that the targeted synagogues did not include the one directly across the street from President Obama's house.

Via Lynn Sweet, here's the press release from Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9) who is on the House Select Committee on Intelligence and also the Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations:

WASHINGTON, DC (Oct. 29, 2010) -- Today Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence and Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, released the following statement in response to a terrorist attempt targeting Jewish sites in Chicago through packages sent from overseas.

"I want to commend the Obama Administration and intelligence services for their coordinated efforts and successful interception today of a terrorist plot originating from Yemen and targeting Chicago synagogues. This plot is especially disturbing to me as a representative of the Chicago area and as a member of its Jewish community. I have worked with the Jewish community to help them obtain resources for enhanced security, and I will continue to do so.

"Today's event highlights a stark reality: terrorism on American soil remains a threat and we absolutely must remain vigilant"

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