Al-Qaida terrorists looking for a U.S. military target might try to attack a Veterans Affairs hospital rather than a base or other high-security installation, the FBI and Homeland Security Department warn in a new nationwide terrorism bulletin. Although U.S. authorities say there is no credible intelligence about a specific threat against such hospitals, the bulletin said there have been persistent reports of suspicious activity at medical facilities throughout the United States. That includes "possible reconnaissance activities" this year at military medical facilities in Bethesda, Md., and Aurora, Colo., according to the bulletin obtained today by the Associated Press. The bulletin was circulated late Thursday to law enforcement agencies and security officials nationwide. Later investigation of these two incidents uncovered no links to terrorism. Though the facilities involved are not VA hospitals, the bulletin urges local police and security personnel to pay special attention to such institutions. -- by the Associated Press
VA hospitals could be terror targets
Send us a letter
Have an opinion about this story? Click here to submit a Letter to the Editor, and we may publish it in print.