Intel Warns Al-Qaeda Attack On U.S. Soil Possible On The Eve Of The Presidential Election

U.S. Intelligence has released a warning claiming that the United States may be the target of another major terrorist attack on the eve of the presidential election.

Pat Milton, a senior investigative reporter for CBS News, claims U.S. intelligence released reports of a joint terrorist attack that Al-Qaeda plans to carry out on U.S. soil on Monday, November 7.

No specific locations were revealed by Al-Qaeda. However, U.S. intelligence has reason to believe the major targets of concern reside within Texas, Virginia, and New York. Exact locations are still a mystery at this time. However, known potential targets are expected to be heavily secured throughout the day, leading into the presidential election.

Actual threats have not been confirmed. However, the U.S. intelligence source claims that “the threat is possibly legitimate and concerning.”

Despite the lack of official evidence of the threat, authorities in the United States are taking the threat seriously. The lack of evidence, resulting in specific threat locations, has authorities worried the most. Like 9/11, the unknown leaves the potential targets wide open for whatever Al-Qaeda may be planning.

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A U.S. intelligence official claims that the department of homeland security and the counter-terrorism units are working together to assess the threat and act as needed to ensure the safety of the citizens of the United States.

“While we do not comment on intelligence matters, we will say the counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States. The FBI and DHS, working with our federal, state and local counterparts, share and assess 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.”

WTVR News Channel 6 reminded its viewers that an increase in threats always occurs before holidays, claiming that the presidential election is considered to be a high target holiday.

Brian Moran, Virginia’s Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, believes that Virginia will be safe from terrorist threats leading up to election day, despite Virginia being one of the three named target locations.

“We are taking all necessary precautions and actions.There’s no reason to believe that we will have any disruptions prior to Election Day or on Election Day.”

Senator Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s Vice Presidential candidate, is scheduled to appear in Richmond, Virginia, on Monday. Moran stated that he has no plans to cancel the visit, despite the terrorist threats.

Intelligence agencies state that the public should go about their day as normal. An increased presence of law enforcement is expected to be deployed in potential target areas, securing locations from potential terrorist threats.

The credibility of the threats by Al-Qaeda seem to be less of a distinct occurrence, but more of a call to action for home-grown terrorists.

“As we have long said, in this environment, homegrown violent extremists could strike with little or no notice. Our concern that violent extremists could be inspired to conduct attacks inside the U.S. have not diminished.”

New York police departments are working closely with the intelligence agencies and the Joint Terrorist Tasks forces, planning to deploy their law enforcement teams to areas that are considered to be high targets. Virginia and Texas will do the same.

Although New York, Texas, and Virginia, were announced as potential targets, no other states are ruled out as target locations. If the attacks are not carried out on Monday, there is a concern that the attacks could carry over into election day, targeting polling places with heavy traffic.

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