CHICAGO—(ENEWPSF)—October 29, 2010 – 3:40 PM (CST) According to a statement made at the White House by President Obama, the two suspicious packages intended to be delivered to Chicago-area synagogues did contain explosive materials. John Brennan, Assistant to the President for Homeland Security, informed the President at approximately 10:35 PM (EST) Thursday that homeland security systems implemented after the September 11th attacks provided information that a credible threat was being posed against the U.S. President Obama instructed Brennan to take all necessary steps to ensure the safety of the American people.
The two planes which originated from Yemen were stopped in Dubai and Great Britain’s East Midlands airport where the suspicious packages were examined. In addition to these two suspicious packages, John Brennan stated that Homeland Security is taking a “close look at other packages” for evidence of explosive devices in order to ensure the safety of all those traveling by air.
Brennan indicated that his agency is looking at all individuals that may be a party to these events and that this continues to be “an active and ongoing investigation.”
While Brennan would not name the synagogues where the packages were intended to be delivered, he did state that the synagogue near the Obama’s Chicago home was not one of those involved in this plot.
Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, stated that the President, who is expected to speak in Philadelphia and Chicago this weekend, has not changed his travel plans.
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