FBI warns: Al Qaeda targets malls in LA, Chicago this holiday season

I’m sure we’ll hear a deafening questioning of the timing about this shortly.

The FBI is warning that al Qaeda may be preparing a series of holiday attacks on U.S. shopping malls in Los Angeles and Chicago, according to an intelligence bulletin distributed to law enforcement authorities across the country this morning.

The alert said al Qaeda “hoped to disrupt the U.S. economy and has been planning the attack for the past two years.”

Law enforcement officials tell ABCNews.com that the FBI received the information in late September and declassified it yesterday for wide distribution.

Here’s the announcement. It’s a reminder, and some of us do need reminding, that al Qaeda remains a threat