Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton this week dismissed a videotaped warning that the city would be targeted by terrorists, calling it an empty threat designed to “instill fear.” ABC News aired an 11-minute video in which a masked man, speaking in fluent English, claims that terrorists plan to follow up the “blessed raids on New York and Washington” in 2001 with attacks on Los Angeles and Melbourne, “Allah willing.” The tape was delivered to an ABC office in Pakistan. Intelligence officials believe the man in the tape is Adam Yahiye Gadahn, a California native who has been linked to al Qaida.
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