By Robert Norton
CBS News is reporting that it has learned about a possible terror threat for this Monday, the eve of election day on Nov. 8. It is believed that New York, Virginia, and Texas are possible targets.
“Sources told CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton that U.S. intelligence has alerted joint terrorism task forces that al Qaeda could be planning attacks in three states for Monday,” CBS said.
The television station noted that its sources stressed the intelligence was still being assessed and its credibility had not been confirmed. The threat is being taken seriously, however. Earlier this week, local police received an alert from federal law enforcement saying that “polling places” could be seen as “attractive targets” for “lone wolf”-type attacks by individuals motivated by violent extremist ideologies, sovereign citizen or other extremist activity, CBS said.
“There is no information as to the specific locations of the threat or the details of the warnings,” according to Stratfor Global Intelligence, a geopolitical intelligence and consulting firm. “However, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as well as the New York Police Department were among those warned. Even though the Islamic State has taken center stage, al Qaeda is still waiting in the wings.”
NYPD told Reuters that the threat report lacked specifics and was still being assessed. “We are aware of the information. We have been working with the FBI through the Joint Terrorism Task Force and our Counterterrorism and Intelligence Bureaus,” according to an NYPD statement to Reuters.
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