Alaska law enforcement agencies will not say whether there are extra security measures in place for the trans-Alaska pipeline following a threat on a Web site. The Anchorage Daily News reports that a recent posting on a Web site purportedly affiliated with al-Qaida urges attacks against the pipeline.
The site also urges attacks on the Valdez tanker dock. The site calls on jihadists to shower the pipe with bullets or hide and detonate explosives along its length. The Arabic posting was discovered and translated in late December by the SITE Institute. The institute is a Washington, D.C., nonprofit organization that tracks international terrorists.
The ten-page posting includes links to Web sites providing maps and other basic information about the pipeline. Spokesmen for the FBI and other law enforcement and security agencies say they are aware of the posting. Alyeska Pipeline Service Company spokesman Curtis Thomas says his company also is aware of the posting, But he says the company is not aware of any imminent threat to the system.
FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez says the posting did not seem to contain information beyond what is readily available to anyone doing a little digging.