White House and Air Force One Targets In Tuesday's Attacks

By Matt Pyeatt | July 7, 2008 | 8:28 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The White House confirmed Wednesday that the White House and Air Force One were targets of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

Sean McCormack, spokesman for President Bush's National Security Council, said, "We had specific credible information that both were intended terrorist targets, and that the plane that hit the Pentagon may have been headed for the White House."

The White House confirmed these reports.

Attorney General John Ashcroft said that the pilots in yesterday's attacks were trained in the United States.

"Also, we must be careful to protect confidential intelligence sources and the methods of our intelligence so we do not compromise this ongoing investigation or the capacity of this nation to undertake such investigations as this," Ashcroft said at a press conference.

"The four planes were hijacked by between three and six individuals per plane using knives and box cutters and, in some cases, making bomb threats," the attorney general said.

"Our government has credible evidence that the White House and Air Force One were targets. A number of the suspected hijackers were trained as pilots in the United States," Ashcroft said.