FBI command centers have been created across the country in response to possible ISIS terrorism attacks on the Fourth of July. Federal agents in all 56 field officers are reportedly on heightened alert at the July 4 holiday weekend nears.
Federal Bureau of Investigation sources told Fox News that local, state and FBI law enforcement agencies quickly relaying tips and information about possible ISIS terror attacks on the 4th of July weekend to the command centers and bureau officials will determine how the potential incidents will be responded to by agents.
In the days leading up to Independence Day, the FBI has claimed that no “specific credible threat” has appeared so far, yet agents are reportedly more “active” in their actions and warnings than they were at the same time last year.
The FBI has be working to detect and arrest known ISIS sympathizers before the Fourth of July weekend, according to the source interviewed by Fox News. Federal agents have reportedly expressed terror attack concerns at soft targets where large crowds are expected to gather where little or no security is present, like shopping malls.
House Committee on Homeland Security Chair Representative Mike McCaul, warned all Americans to “remain vigilant” for terror attacks. McCaul also stated that ISIS is not just a regional threat any longer, calling Islamic State militants and sympathizers a global threat.
“I am extremely concerned that Syrian and ISIS recruiters can use the internet at lightning speeds to recruit followers in the United States with thousands of followers in the United States and then activate them to do whatever they want to do,” Representative McCaul added. “Whether it’s military installations, law enforcement or possibly a Fourth of July event parade.”
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security issued bulletin to law enforcement agencies alerting the police officials about possible attacks by ISIS and ISIS supporters on or before the Fourth of July and for the remainder of the summer in general.
The joint bulletin, “Holiday Celebrations Remain Attractive Target” and was issued to 18,000 law enforcement agencies around the nation. The bulletin reportedly stated that 4th of July celebrations and any “activity which appears to defame the prophet Mohammed” will likely result in “threats or plans” to conduct “violent extremist acts.”
ISIS reportedly promised followers who conducted a terror attack this week, during Ramadan, that they will receive “rewards in heaven” and reach “paradise.”
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