On Friday, the FBI, Dept. of Homeland Security and National Counter Terrorism Center issued a Liaison Information Report to private sector partners and law enforcement nationwide about potential terrorist threats related to the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As of the time of this report's preparation on Friday evening, the FBI, DHS, and NCTC report they are not aware of any specific, credible foreign terrorist threats surrounding the 9/11 date, but remain concerned that homegrown violent extremists may view anniversary events and mass gatherings as attractive targets of opportunity.
According to the report, homegrown violent extremists and domestic violent extremists "continue to be the most significant threats to the homeland due to their ability to plan and execute an attack without attracting attention. Recent attacks, both in the US and abroad, demonstrate that such actors can rely on a wealth of guidance from extremist media and often do not need external direction or funding to launch a successful attack."
ISIS Calls for Attacks on Crusaders
On Friday afternoon, AlertsUSA subscribers were informed that the most recent issue of the Islamic State's weekly Al-Naba newsletter included new calls for "fighters and supporters to attack the 'Crusaders' in places like Paris, London and Manhattan."
Readers should take note. The U.S. and other western nations are in the midst of resettling tens of thousands of Afghan refugees within their borders, few of whom have been cleared by security screening, if that is even possible.
ESSENTIAL READING: Kabuki Vetting of Afghans •
The final paragraph of the above article is telling:
"There is no connection between the vetting of Afghans and their admission to the United States. The moment the doors of a C-17 closed on the tarmac in Kabul, every Afghan on board, regardless of background or possible security threat, became a de facto permanent resident of the U.S. Anyone telling you otherwise is misinformed or mendacious."
Afghan Refugees and Communicable Diseases
On Friday, AlertsUSA subscribers were notified that the CDC and Customs and Border Protection
had halted U. S.-bound flights of Afghan refugees from bases in Germany and Qatar due to multiple diagnosed cases of measles.
According to the CDC, the measles virus is so contagious that "if one person has it, up to 90% of the people close to that person who are not immune will also become infected."
USGOV Recommends 19 Cities to Afghan, Iraqi Immigrants
Finally, the U.S. State Dept. has outlined several resettlement options for Afghan and Iraqi refugees coming to the United States under the Special Immigrant Visa program.
The options include a list of 19 cities selected from which they can indicate a preference.
AlertsUSA continues to monitor the domestic and international threat environment around the clock and will immediately notify service subscribers, via SMS messages to their mobile devices, of new alerts, warnings and advisories or any developments which signal a change the overall threat picture for American citizens as events warrant.