Obama says no credible intelligence of threat to U.S. homeland during holidays

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There is no specific and credible intelligence to suggest that a terrorist attack is being planned in the United States during the holidays, U.S. President Barack Obama says, emphasizing that “every possible step” is being taken to keep the nation’s homeland safe.

“As we go into Thanksgiving weekend, I want the American people to know that we are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe,” Obama said, speaking at the White House. “Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland.”

Obama was speaking after receiving a briefing from his national security team, which was attended by a number of senior officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and FBI Director James Comey.

The president added that the intelligence was unchanged from a briefing he received on Saturday.

“As Americans travel this weekend to be with their loved ones, I want them to know that our counterterrorism, intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement professionals at every level are working overtime,” Obama said. “Their efforts have saved lives. They serve every hour of every day for the sake of our security. They did so before Paris, and they do so now.”

Obama said the American public will be informed in the event of a specific, credible threat, but urged people to remain vigilant. “If you see something suspicious, say something. That’s always helpful,” he said, advising people to go about their usual Thanksgiving weekend activities.

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