Right after posting this and right underneath the original article about the bill passing.....they throw out the propaganda:
Al Qaeda group contemplated poisoning food in U.S.
Washington (CNN) -- The al Qaeda group that built two toner-cartridge bombs in an unsuccessful attempt to blow up planes in October also has contemplated spreading poison on salad bars and buffets at U.S. hotels and restaurants, U.S. officials told CNN Tuesday.
But U.S. officials sought to downplay the threat -- first reported by CBS News -- saying it was months old, and that it was more in the nature of a discussion of "tactics" than an actual plot. Officials implied the tactic is beyond the capabilities of the terrorist organization, which is based in the Middle East.
The United States has received information the group -- al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula -- was considering the tactic of placing ricin and cyanide poisons into food supplies, Department of Homeland Security officials confirmed to CNN.
In response to that information, U.S. officials met through regular channels with representatives of the hotel and restaurant businesses to discuss the possibility that terrorists could target the food supply, and to reiterate "best practices" to ensure the food supply is safe.
Officials, however, likened the threat to numerous others discussed in jihadist publications such as the online magazine Inspire, where al Qaeda members and sympathizers discuss various ways to attack Western countries.
"We're talking months, not weeks (ago), that this came into the threat stream," one official said.
Representatives of the Food and Agriculture Sector Government Coordinating Council, the office the government uses to distribute threat information to the food industry, referred CNN's calls to the Department of Homeland Security.
A U.S. official told CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr, "We're aware that terrorists have been interested in doing this kind of thing for a long time. They've said as much and, as a result, we take all of this very seriously. But we don't know of any current plotting along these lines."
The CBS report quoted an unnamed intelligence source saying the threat was "credible."
Homeland Security officials' only comment came in response to the CBS report.
"We are not going to comment on reports of specific terrorist planning. However, the counterterrorism and homeland security communities have engaged in extensive efforts for many years to guard against all types of terrorist attacks, including unconventional attacks using chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear materials," spokesman Sean Smith said in the prepared statement.
"Indeed, (al Qaeda) has publicly stated its intention to try to carry out unconventional attacks for well over a decade, and AQAP propaganda in the past year has made similar reference. Finally, we get reports about the different kinds of attacks terrorists would like to carry out that frequently are beyond their assessed capability," the statement said.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP, was behind the October attack on two cargo planes. The group created bombs out of printer toner cartridges, but the devices were discovered and disarmed before they detonated. AQAP also has claimed credit for the September 6 crash of a UPS cargo plane in Dubai, but U.S. authorities say there is no evidence they played a role in the crash.