Federal Authorities Warn of Possible Domestic Terror Attacks on July 4th

Rare | 7/2/2019 | Silke Jasso
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Federal authorities are warning the public that political radicals may attack people celebrating on July 4th. A bulletin to law enforcement around the country read that domestic terrorists “have attacked perceived oppressors, opponents, or enemies engaged in outdoor First Amendment-protected rallies or pores during past summers.”

The warning comes from a joint intelligence bulletin just days before one of the major holidays celebrated around the country. The warning was issued by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the National Counterterrorism Center which told law enforcement to remain vigilant for any suspicious activity including possible terror attacks.

Bulletin - FBI - DHS - NCTC - Independence

The bulletin reads, “The FBI, DHS, and NCTC remain concerned that [they] could target upcoming Independence Day celebrations, gatherings, or parades, though we are unaware of any current plots specifically targeting such events,” says the bulletin. We note that attacks can occur with little to no warning because of the frequently lower levels of security around civilian targets, challenges in securing large crowds, and calls for attacks against soft targets.”

According to authorities, both homegrown and domestic terrorist may use simplistic tactics and relatively easy to obtain weapons such as knives, firearms, and vehicles. But, officers do warn that some violent extremists have historically sought to use explosive devices. The bulletin also warned that ISIS renewed calls for sympathizers to launch attacks inside...
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