U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday confirmed the presence of explosive material in two packages mailed to Jewish synagogues in Chicago from Yemen and Dubai.

In a hastily arranged press conference, Obama said suspicious packages found on board UPS and FedEx cargo planes were a "credible terrorist threat" against the American people.

British investigators found an ink toner cartridge that had been "manipulated" to look like a bomb on board a UPS cargo plane when it stopped in London on Thursday.

Tests on the cartridge were negative for explosives, leading some to speculate that this may have been a dry run by al Qaeda -- or an attempt to distract the media from focusing on the predicted Democratic losses during the midterm elections in the U.S.

U.S. President Obama was advised of the terrorist threats late Thursday.

CNN and CBS says there may be a dozen more suspicious packages bound for the U.S.

A Joint Terrorism Task Force source tells CBS News that investigators are looking for between 10-20 packages shipped out of the UPS office in Sanna, Yemen during the same time frame.

In case it wasn’t obvious, the initial investigations resulted from a tip, not routine security processing, according to CNN [link]

UPS has grounded all cargo planes in the U.S., and both UPS and FedEx have suspended service from Yemen to the U.S.

Locally, security has been stepped up at Hartsfield Airport.

Photo: Reuters

  • http://themusicmogul.tv TheMusicMogul

    So some people really believe the Democratic party concocted a faux terroristic threat to distract the media? Ahh to have the mind of a conspiracy theorist trapped by paranoia.

  • http://twitter.com/Proberson07 proberson07

    Trapped by paranoia and ignorance! Consider the sources. That is all.

  • http://twitter.com/jaysreallife jay Bee

    HMMMMMMMM! is it election time yet??? #OhArd

    Jesse Ventura where are u! these politiks need 2 stop!

  • ySoSerious

    I'm from Chicago and I totally missed this. :shrugs:

    I don't think this is a "Wag The Dog" situation cause most people think that the Dummycrats are weak on national security anyway. Concocting a terrorist threat under Obama's watch wouldn't help them much if you ask me.

  • Daisy

    I heard Jon Stwearts speech was GOOD today at the rally in DC