Biden does not rule out possibility of 'lone wolf' attack
September 10th, 2011
07:31 PM ET
10 years ago

Biden does not rule out possibility of 'lone wolf' attack

(CNN) – Vice President Joe Biden says the country is safer today than it was 10 years ago but does not rule out the possibility of a “lone wolf” attack.

“There’s always a possibility of an incident occurring,” Biden told CNN’s John King in an exclusive interview Saturday. “But I do not believe there is anyone right now capable of putting together the kind of extremely complicated, planned operation that took place on 9/11.”

After speaking at a memorial service for the victims of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Biden talked with King about the heightened terror alert on the 10th anniversary weekend of the September 11 attacks.

The vice president said the administration hasn’t been able to confirm the credible information they’ve received about a possible vehicle bomb plot. When Osama bin Laden was killed in May, Biden said information was found in his compound in Pakistan that hinted at a possible attack on the 10th anniversary.

“And then we didn’t hear a thing until several days ago when in came credible information,” Biden said.

To his knowledge, Biden said, the threat was not al Qaeda-driven.

When King asked about Pakistan’s role in the fight against terrorism, Biden said the country’s actions so far have not been “sufficient.”

“They’ve been very helpful in other times, but it’s not sufficient. They have to get better,” Biden said. “It’s in their interest that they be more cooperative, and we are demanding it.”

While former Vice President Dick Cheney repeatedly said in recent interviews that enhanced interrogation methods, such as waterboarding, were necessary when dealing with suspects of terrorism, Biden strongly disagreed with the argument.

“I’ve seen zero evidence that it works, and I think there’s abundant evidence that it hurts us internationally. It hurts our security by making a mockery of who we say we are and giving rationale to those who want to do us harm to recruit people.”

Watch the full interview at 7 p.m. Monday on CNN’s “John King, USA.”

Filed under: 9/11 • Joe Biden • Pakistan • TV-John King U.S.A.
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    i will never forget the eyes. By some unwritten rule, native New Yorkers do not meet the eyes of other pedestrians. This is quite unlike most American cities where people may smile at others going the other way. Not here.

    All of that changed during week of 9/11. Suddenly people were looking at other people directly into their eyes. I saw red eyes. Eyes as big as saucers. Eyes that moved furtively taking in everything at once. Some eyes were angry. Many people looked lost. But after President Bush's visit, most eyes began to like VP Biden above, resolute and focused.

    September 10, 2011 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Annie, Atlanta

    Seeing as how it's not an election season, and it's the Democrats not the Republicans ramping up the terror alert, it feels like cause for concern. Be safe everyone, and open your eyes.

    September 10, 2011 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  3. Stephen Leonard

    Don't throw Stones in you live in a glass house.

    September 10, 2011 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  4. CBR

    Joe Biden abilities are very much underrated. He does not do a song and dance show. What you see is what you get. Unfortunately, we seem to want a dog and pony show, rallies starring any number of politicians, These rallies seem to get the media up and running. The media do not write or speak about the politicians who actually do the country's business. They do not sit on their hands nor do they have their own agenda. They definitely admit their mistakes and then move forward. Instead they try to produce an American agenda. Joe Biden has been that type of politicians for years.

    September 10, 2011 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  5. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The problem with people acting as a "lone wolf" is that they are so hard to track and figure out before they do something. They don't take orders from anyone, but they can be inspired to do terrible things by anyone over the internet. As for Pakistan, they have been helpful and a royal pain in the... well you get the idea. They do what they can but they are a majority Muslim population that doesn't fully understand the western point of view despite being a part of the British empire for decades. They either can't understand what we are doing or don't want to do that.

    September 10, 2011 10:00 pm at 10:00 pm |
  6. Betty

    Biden is another village idiot .Terrorst will hit after the pressure is off .Wait and see ,Thye are not in any hurrry ,Obama has really made them mad .Just wish we didnt have to suffer for Obamas stupidity .

    September 10, 2011 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  7. Tom

    The hair-plugged, leftist buffoon Joe "Jobs is a three-letter word" Biden hasn't been right about a single thing in his life. Biden has always been and always will be a clear and present danger to the United States of America. He's a moron's moron.

    September 10, 2011 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  8. h l howell

    until the bush era this country was known through out the world as being human to it's prisoners of war. the bush bunch changed that and I personaly do not think the world will ever forget or forgive. terible things were done in our name without our knowledge but we are still accountable.consider your vote in 2012 very carefully,it could be the end for us.

    September 11, 2011 01:33 am at 1:33 am |
  9. Drogo, who bit the dust

    Yes, we're safer, but at what cost?

    September 11, 2011 01:59 am at 1:59 am |
  10. ThinkAgain

    “I’ve seen zero evidence that it works, and I think there’s abundant evidence that it hurts us internationally. It hurts our security by making a mockery of who we say we are and giving rationale to those who want to do us harm to recruit people.”

    Hear, hear! Not only do top interrogation experts (Army, CIA and FBI, among others) agree with VP Biden, the Army Field Manual 34-52 Chapter 1states, "Experience indicates that the use of force is not necessary to gain the cooperation of sources for interrogation. Therefore, the use of force is a poor technique, as it yields unreliable results, may damage subsequent collection efforts, and can induce the source to say whatever he thinks the interrogator wants to hear."

    Cheney can't handle the truth that his actions were wrong, immoral and ineffective.

    September 11, 2011 02:10 am at 2:10 am |