“Federal authorities warned local law enforcement authorities across the US on Friday that Islamic State sympathizers were continuing to call for attacks on churches and other holiday gathering sites,” theguardian.com reports. Same as it ever was. Only this time there appears to be credible intel for a 2016 attack . . .
The federal US warning was issued after a publicly available list of US churches was posted on a militant social media site.
“As part of the continuous dialogue with our law enforcement partners, the FBI routinely shares information about potential threats to better enable law enforcement to protect the communities they serve,” FBI spokesman Andrew Ames said.
Ames added that citizens were advised to maintain awareness of their surroundings and report suspicious activity.
For those of you who realize that the police are second responders, a word of [I’m sure unnecessary] advice: stay armed my friends.
And not to put any more of a damper on Christmas cheer (much), I’d also like to remind you that terrorists often use an initial attack to drive victims to secondary carnage. So if the S hits the F terrorist-wise, be very careful about your escape route.
Separately on Friday, police in Australia detained five men suspected of planning a series of Christmas Day attacks using explosives, knives and a gun in the heart of Melbourne.
See what I mean?