White House characterizes Times Square incident as attempted act of terrorism

Major Garrett asked White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs if would characterize what happened in Times Square Saturday night as an act of terrorism...

"I think anybody that has the type of material that they had in a car in Times Square, I would say that that was intended to terrorize. Absolutely." said Gibbs in Monday's briefing. "And I would say that whoever -- whoever did that would be categorized as a terrorist. Yes."

This is not the first time the administration used the word "terror" in discussing the NYC incident. On Fox News Sunday this weekend, just hours after the incident, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano noted "we're certainly considering it right now as if it could be an act of terrorism or was intended to be an act of terrorism."

Nonetheless, today's briefing comments from Gibbs were the most definitive on the subject.

Gibbs went on to note the administration doesn't yet know who's responsible "and that's what we're looking at now."



The president spoke with the NYC vendor Duane Jackson today via phone. Gibbs said Mr Obama "wanted to commend and thank him for his vigilance in alerting authorities and for those authorities acting quickly to prevent anything from becoming -- anything from happening as a result of what was placed in that car."