Thursday, September 8, 2011

Threat of 9/11 repeat 'very real', says Panetta on sombre visit to World Trade Center memorial site - 7th Aug 2011

The U.S. could once again be hit by a similar terrorist attack to 9/11, according to the country's Defense Secretary.

Pentagon chief Leon Panetta said citizens must remain 'vigilant' and that the threat of a repeat of an event like Sepember 11 was 'very real'.

He added that the terrorist threat had, since the capturing or killing of Al Qaeda's top leaders in recent months, now evolved - with Yemen currently posing the biggest threat.

His comments came during a visit to Ground Zero, where he walked through the National September 11 Memorial Park and Museum with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Speaking from the 10th floor of 7 World Trade Center, the first completed office tower at the site of the attacks, he said: 'The potential for that kind of attack remains very real.'

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has urged Americans to stop referring to the site of the September 11 attacks as 'Ground Zero' to help the nation move past a term linked with the World Trade Center's destruction.

New Yorkers started calling the World Trade Center site Ground Zero shortly after suicide hijackers destroyed the twin towers and killed nearly 3,000 people.

'We will never forget the devastation of the area that came to be known as ground zero. Never. But the time has come to call those 16 acres what they are: The World Trade Center and the National September 11 Memorial and Museum,' Bloomberg said in a speech on the rebuilding of lower Manhattan. Read More