NEW YORK – A terrorist organization has warned they may target three states the day before the Presidential election, CBS news reports.
U.S. intelligence has alerted joint terrorism task forces that al Qaeda could be planning the attacks, sources told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton.
Though no specific locations are mentioned, the three states targeted are reported to be New York, Texas and Virginia.
U.S. authorities have not confirmed the credibility of these threats but CBS news reports that they are taking the threat seriously, and sources stressed the intelligence is still being assessed.
Counterterrorism officials were alerted to the threats out of an “abundance of caution.”
From the CBS news report:
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.”
Potential threats always increase during holiday seasons and when big events are approaching, intelligence said.
Increased security was already planned for Election Day, as federal law enforcement plan for “several worst-case scenarios.”
The FBI in Indianapolis said it was taking a proactive approach for Election Day. Here’s what Special Agent Wendy Osborne told FOX59:
“The FBI is being more proactive by making election fraud and campaign finance oversight a year round program. We have at least one Special Agent (SA), who is an Election Crime Coordinator, in every field office (including Indianapolis) who has had specialized training in handling complaints and investigating election crimes.
“There is also an increased emphasis on liaison efforts during election cycles. The Election Crime Coordinators meet with state and local election officials in their jurisdictions, and FBIHQ conducts liaison on the national level with voter advocacy groups. The Indianapolis Office is fully prepared to identify, initiate, and investigate a variety of election crime violations.”