Terror Alert for U.S. on Monday
Officials have released a terror alert for Texas, Virginia, and New York over the possibility of an Al-Qaeda attack on Monday, November 7. Officials urge residents to continue their daily activities as normal. Which means- don’t stay home from voting just because someone says Al-Qaeda may attack.
While authorities say the threat for the day before the election is nonspecific, and at a “low level,” they urge people to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity.
U.S. authorities are taking the threat seriously, though the sources stress the intelligence is still being assessed and its credibility hasn’t been confirmed. Counterterrorism officials were alerted to the threat out of abundance of caution.
A senior FBI official told CBS News, “The counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States. 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.”
Intelligence about potential threats always increases during holiday seasons and when big events are approaching.
So is this a “misdirection?” Or an attempt to intimidate voters from going to the polls?
“Texans should go about their daily lives as usual, but remain vigilant over the next several days and report any suspicious activity.” Texas Governor Greg Abbott
Authorities say that this type of threat is “common” but released the warning on the side of caution. The DHS is reportedly giving this one more attention because of Tuesday’s election. Polling places are often considered targets for lone wolf attacks.
Federal law enforcement is said to be “gearing up” for “several worst case scenarios.
“While federal and state authorities are beefing up cyber defenses against electronic threats to voting systems before Election Day, others are taking additional steps to guard against possible civil unrest or violence.”