The Secret Service is investigating the White House page on Facebook after receiving terror threats. Some of the messages featured a photo of Osama bin Laden on a day when alerts were high surrounding a possible 9/11 attack. Some users on the social network site believe they were posted by kids as a prank.
However, the White House is taking the matter very seriously and Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said the agency has opened a probe into the Facebook pages.
“They process it, make an assessment and determine what the next step is,” Donovan said.
New York City and Washington, D.C., have tightened security after intelligence collected from overseas indicated a possible threat involving car bombs, as well threats to bridges and tunnels. The information indicated that three men would travel from Pakistan to the U.S. to carry out an attack.
“We’ll come back U.S.A. One day only 11/9/2011,” says one message on the Facebook page, featuring a photo of Osama bin Laden, using the date/month formula to reference Sept. 11.
“We’ll come to u white house sooooooooooon,” says another. “We’ll come back 11/9/2011 to kill u all,” a third posting reads. The posts appeared briefly and were taken down from the White House page.
The alleged terror threat by al-Qaida against New York City and Washington D.C has brought additional police officers, vehicle checkpoints, and subway bag checks.
The FBI and the Secret Service are still investigating the Facebook threats to the White House.