Both New York City and Washington D.C. officials are taking reports of a potential terror threat seriously. In a press conference on Thursday night, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg publicly addressed concerns surrounding the "specific, credible but unconfirmed" threat.
This latest alleged plot that could employ the use of car bombs was uncovered as the nation prepares to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.
Last night, The Blaze first reported, based on Fox News sources, that the threat -- which targets New York City and Washington D.C. -- is being probed by authorities. Intelligence surrounding the case seems to indicate that the possible suspects have ties to al-Qaeda.
During the press conference, Bloomberg attempted to ease fears. While he explained that the New York City Police Department is actively employing elevated security measures, he attempted to temper fears as well, saying:
"Just for the record, I plan to take the subway tomorrow morning and feel just as safe as when I did when I took it this morning."
The mayor also encouraged city residents to assist authorities by looking out for and reporting suspicious behavior:
"Here's what you've got to do. If you see something, say something...
Go about your business as you normally would, but just be vigilant."
This statement -- "If you see something, say something" -- is a popular one in New York City, as it is used to regularly encourage the public at large to be aware of potential terror threats. You can watch Bloomberg's entire press conference at the top of this page.
Bloomberg isn't the only prominent politician to address the threat. On Friday morning, Vice President Joe Biden said that the White House, too, is taking the threat "seriously." On NBC's Today Show, he said:
“This is the first, the first credible piece of information we've gotten. We cannot confirm it. We are doing everything within our power. All hands are on deck."
National Journal reports that Biden's biggest fears surround a single individual launching an attack, as such an action is more difficult to prevent, especially in locations with a high concentration of citizens. He explained:
“The lone actor is the more worrisome thing because there are fewer trails to follow, there are fewer leads to move on."
Biden, like Bloomberg, encouraged Americans to live their lives normally, but to report anything suspicious.