Friday, December 18, 2015
Remember what I said about security threats?
Not very long ago, I wrote about the increased security threats we face following the Paris and San Bernardino terror attacks. At the time, some readers poo-poohed my warnings, believing that I was more than a little paranoid.
Turns out I wasn't alone in that.
I'm sure at least some of the incidents described, in Tempe, Arizona and southern California, were attempts at intimidation rather than actual terrorist threats. Nevertheless, I'm hearing from former colleagues in Federal law enforcement circles, and also from local and regional security agencies, that their level of alert has been significantly ratcheted up. Recent events in Missouri tend to confirm that there are, indeed, grounds for concern, even if those concerns can't be proved beyond doubt at this stage.
Put yourself in ISIS's shoes. They've made a big impact in Europe with the Paris attacks, and their surrogates in San Bernardino made a big impact here. They can't afford to let that impact die down and fade into the background. They have to keep the momentum going, or lose the 'terror effect'. They have camps just outside our borders, and undoubtedly have people already on the ground in this country, with more trying to sneak in every day. Frankly, if we make it through the Christmas period without a terrorist attack somewhere in the USA (possibly in more than one place, perhaps even a multitude of smaller attacks in numerous places) I'll be pleasantly surprised.
Keep your heads up, your eyes and ears peeled, and your powder dry, friends, particularly if you live in or near a major center. If I were you, I'd avoid places like crowded shopping malls, movie theaters and the like. It's going to be a twitchy holiday season.
EDITED TO ADD: Here's a three-part article by my online buddy Peter Burlingame on how to react and respond to a terrorist incident. He knows whereof he speaks. Recommended reading.
There may be more to follow. Keep your eye on that Web site for details, and on Peter's YouTube channel, where you'll find interesting and instructional videos on related topics.