VP Biden in Del., talks about national security

Vice President Joe Biden wants to reassure Americans that the White House is closely monitoring terror threats this Christmas.


Biden was at WHYY’s Wilmington studios Thursday recording an interview for ABC’s World News Tonight and Good Morning America.

“I think it should be made clear to the American People that they should basically go about their business,” he said.

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Biden’s comments come in the wake of embassy bombings today in Rome and the arrest earlier this week of 12 men in England said to be in the final stages of a major bomb plot.

As a result, there are heightened security fears around the globe as the holidays begin.

“I don’t want people starting off their holiday thinking, ‘oh, my God, I can’t travel to mom’s’ or ‘I can’t be doing this,’” he said. “We’re working with our allies around the world to try to determine what may be being planned but I just advise people to go about their daily lives.”

Biden said they’re doing everything “humanly possible” to prevent the success of a terrorist plot like the one that played out last Christmas, when a suspected al-Qaida operative with a bomb in his underwear slipped onto a plane bound for the U.S. and nearly detonated the device as the plane approached Detroit.

“We’re at a very high alert in terms of the intelligence community.”

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