As if we didn’t have enough to think about between now and November 8th, the FBI (which has been exceptionally busy of late) has issued a warning that there are credible threats to national security. Only this time it isn’t ISIS.
The FBI’s statement today warns of impending Al-Qaeda attacks. Specifically, the big brother of the Islamic State is believed to be staging attacks in New York, Texas and Virginia. The alert says the attacks will be carried out Monday.
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Why these three states remains unknown. Still, US intelligence officials have alerted all joint terrorism task forces that the threat, whose credibility is still being assessed, is real.
The public is being made aware so that those in New York, Texas and Virginia may be extra vigilant. Specific sites within the three states haven’t been named.
Apart from spreading fear and panic, it is unclear what the motives for target selection might be. Monday, November 7th, is the day before the election. Some analysts looking for foreign interference in our election process have been warning of cyber attacks from state-sponsored agents working for Russia, but physical attacks have received little attention.
Iran made news this week, though, with assertions that Iranian special forces will be on the ground in the United States and Europe to “protect” Iranian interests. Yet this is the first threat attributed to the group believed to be responisble for the 9/11 attacks.
“The counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States,” a senior FBI official told CBS News.
“The FBI, working with our federal, state and local counterparts, shares and assesses intelligence on a daily basis and will continue to work closely with law enforcement and intelligence community partners to identify and disrupt any potential threat to public safety,” the official said.