On multiple occasions this week AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices regarding security threats.
Beginning Wednesday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified of anti-Trump protests underway in cities across the US, including New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Fran & Seattle. The protests expanded to numerous other cities on Thursday and Friday nights, with mostly college-aged social justice warriors pouring into the streets to disrupt traffic, harass, and in many locations, setting fires and destroying storefronts.
On Thursday night in Portland, OR, thousands of demonstrators gathered in the city center area and smashed shop and car windows, threw firecrackers, attacked police and set rubbish piles ablaze. Police declared a riot, deployed tear gas and made 26 arrests.
In many cities these protests are not spontaneous, but planned events seeded with paid protesters. Doubters can visit the Craig's List and Backpage websites for major cities, as well as popular social media platforms, and see the help wanted ads for themselves. They are usually listed under the Community section.
Anger over Donald Trump’s election has also resulted in a large wave of calls for his assassination appearing on a variety of social media platforms including Twitter and Facebook. Singer Marilyn Manson released a music video this week featuring him beheading a figure who looks like Donald Trump, and online video sites such as YouTube have numerous videos of Trump supporters being viciously attacked (see this, this and this).
AlertsUSA cautions readers that these protests are expected to continue and even expand between now an Inauguration Day. You are well advised to choose your words and battles wisely. The political left is enraged and unpredictable.
Islamic State Calls for Vehicle Attacks
On Friday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified via SMS messages to their mobile devices of the release of a new issue of the Islamic State propaganda magazine known as Rumiyah (#3 - PDF), which calls on Muslims to carry out vehicle attacks similar to that Bastille Day celebrations on July 16th in Nice France. The article goes into detail on selecting the ideal vehicle, suggests applicable targets such as large outdoor markets, conventions and celebrations, pedestrian-congested streets and parades, as well as provides guidance on preparation and planning.
Though being an essential part of modern life, very few actually comprehend the deadly and destructive capability of the motor vehicle and its capacity of reaping large numbers of casualties if used in a premeditated manner. This was superbly demonstrated in the attack launched by the brother Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel who, while traveling at the speed of approximately 90 kilometers per hour, plowed his 19-ton load-bearing truck into crowds celebrating Bastille Day in Nice, France, harvesting through his attack the slaughter of 86 Crusader citizens and injuring 434 more.
The method of such an attack is that a vehicle is plunged at a high speed into a large congregation of kuffar, smashing their bodies with the vehicle’s strong outer frame, while advancing forward – crushing their heads, torsos, and limbs under the vehicle’s wheels and chassis – and leaving behind a trail of carnage.
The publication suggests the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade as an "excellent target."
AlertsUSA again cautions readers that despite the overwhelming news coverage of the election and politics in general, it is important to keep in mind that the threat of terrorism in N. America and Europe is still extremely high and has not abated. The intelligence community is unanimous in their view that the tempo of attacks will increase as the Islamic State and al Qaeda continue to experience battlefield defeats overseas. As such, an increased level of situational awareness and vigilance is urged when out and about.
AlertsUSA continues to monitor the overall domestic and international threat environment and will immediately notify service subscribers via SMS messages of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.