Even as nations debate what to do about the Syrian refugees throughout the world, the U.S. Homeland Security’s report on ISIS’ Syrian passports indicates that some foreign members of the Islamic State may already be in the United States. Weeks after the San Bernardino shootings, some fear that these types of reports are warning signs that ISIS in America may be planning a 2016 New Year’s terrorist attack. While these fears are just speculation at this point, an American member of ISIS in New Jersey has confirmed that Daesh terror cells have discussed attacking New York’s Times Square in addition to the One World Trade Center.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, newly released study shows the members of ISIS in America who were arrested in 2015, and the threats seemed greatest in California, New York, and Minnesota based upon the number of successful arrests.
A recent Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Intelligence Report claims that ISIS has gained access to machines which can fake documents, including passports. Since it is believed that the Islamic State may have been creating fake passports for several years now, it is possible that ISIS’ Syrian passports have already been issued and Homeland Security is concerned that American border security has been compromised.
“Since more than 17 months [have] passed since Raqqa and Deir ez-Zour fell to ISIS, it is possible that individuals from Syria with passports ‘issued’ in these ISIS controlled cities or who had passport blanks, may have traveled to the U.S,” explained the report. “If ISIS’ ability to produce passports is not controlled, their operations will continue to increase and expand outside of their operational controlled areas.”
Some fear that these type of events are warning signs for something greater. For example, Natural News recently claimed that they have “reason to believe that a massive, multi-city ISIS attack will be unleashed across America in the near future.” As justification for this statement, they pointed to the evidence left behind by the San Bernardino shooters.
“Why do I believe this? Because the evidence points to the likelihood that the San Bernardino ISIS terrorists disobeyed orders and prematurely initiated their attack on a relatively small group. The twelve pipe bombs and thousands of rounds of ammunition found in their apartment point to the realization that they were preparing for something much larger.”
It is noted that the married couple built many pipe bombs yet they left them behind at their home. The two terrorists had pledged allegiance to ISIS leaders, and Natural News believes “that another, larger attack was in the planning stages and approaching activation.”
Unfortunately, such speculation may be somewhat justifiable since authorities have been arresting ISIS terror cells which planned terrorist attacks for 2016 New Year’s Eve celebrations. According to the Mirror, police in Tunisia rounded up a total of 25 suspects, one of whom is a 14-year-old potential suicide bomber. The Tunisian government believes they planned on attacking tourist areas and government buildings for New Year’s.
The ISIS terrorist cells in America would also like to carry out similar attacks. The FBI arrested six American ISIS members during the summer of 2015 and they just recently started detailing their terror cell’s plans. One plot involved buying guns and shooting tourists outside the White House in Washington D.C. Vaughn Aeronautical College near LaGuardia Airport was another terrorist target.
According to NBC, the New Jersey ISIS supporter also share that they had planned on using “homemade bombs” to attack Times Square and the One World Trade Center. The terror cell had discussed diagrams showing how to build these improvised weapons, but the FBI caught them before they could acquire the bombs.