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LAPD official says Bin Laden journal offers evidence L.A. terror threat is real

May 11, 2011 | 10:45 pm

A top Los Angeles police official said Wednesday that information in Osama bin Laden's journal confirms what local authorities have long known: that L.A. has been a target of Al Qaeda.

The journal contemplated how to kill Americans in U.S. cities including Los Angeles. It was recovered with other intelligence information last week after Navy SEALs killed Bin Laden in his compound in Pakistan.

"The latest trove of intelligence should be a wake-up call to Americans that this threat has always been real," said Michael Downing, commanding officer of the Los Angeles Police Department's counter-terrorism and special operations bureau.

Downing said the death of Bin Laden does not mean that the threat in Los Angeles has diminished.

"Once you're on the list," he said, "you don't leave the list."


Osama bin Laden's journal contains his thoughts on killing Americans

-- Andrew Blankstein (Twiiter: @anblanx) and Robert J. Lopez (Twitter @LAJourno)