Security is being tightened for one of the most travel-heavy holidays in the U.S. — 4th of July weekend. According to SITE Intelligence Group, those additional protocols are going to be needed.
The non-governmental counterterrorism organization revealed this week that a pro-ISIS Twitter account was threatening attacks on major airports: Los Angeles International, New York’s JFK, and London’s Heathrow. The account mentions there will be a “device” placed in one of these popular travel hubs.
In the U.S. alone, 43 million people travel on the 4th of July weekend. On Thursday, the FBI stated there no significant or credible threats had been received.
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But there are places that remain vulnerable and places people should stay on high alert. A government document, seen by the media outlet Reuters, stated that mass transit systems should remain very cautious, and that a successful attack would only bolster ISIS and its propaganda.
The risk of “lone wolf attacks” is particularly troubling. Even though there were no known threats before Orlando, it didn’t stop the atrocious act from being carried out. The same thinking applies to the recent attacks in Turkey where 44 people were killed at Istanbul’s airport — there was no prior warning.
The State Department issued a Europe-wide travel alert at the beginning of June. Multiple events were taking place that would include large numbers of people, including the European Soccer Championship and the Catholic Church’s World Youth Day, to name a few.
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A video released by ISIS this week singled out Las Vegas and San Francisco as possible areas of attack. It also praised the Orlando nightclub shooting and showed President Obama and French President Francois Hollande surrounded by blood and flames.
Authorities are currently bracing themselves for a weekend of celebration and possible danger.
h/t: Daily Mail
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