The FBI is setting up command centers at all of its 56 field offices across the country ahead of the July 4 weekend, to monitor any potential terrorist threats, law enforcement sources have revealed.
Sources told Fox News that local, state and federal law enforcement agencies will be reporting any information about possible attacks to these command centers, and officials there will decide how to respond.
While the FBI says there has been no specific credible threat so far, it appears they are being more active in their warnings and actions ahead of Independence Day this year than in the past.
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The FBI is setting command centers up at each of its 56 field offices across the country ahead of the July 4th weekend, over fears of a possible ISIS-inspired terrorist attack. Above, the FBI field offices not including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico
Previous celebrations: Volunteers carry an American flag in Washington during a July 4 parade in 2011
Another law enforcement source told Fox that the FBI has even been working to take known sympathizers for groups like ISIS off the streets before the symbolic holiday.
That could mean arresting these alleged sympathizers on American soil on lesser charges and building a broader case while they are temporarily in custody over the holiday weekend.
Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security has warned citizens to ‘remain vigilant’ to terror threats in the lead up to July 4
Specifically the FBI is concerned about targets like shopping malls where large groups of people father with relatively no security.
Just yesterday, Rep Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security warned Americans to ‘remain vigilant’ to terror attacks.
Rep. Mike McCaul, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security warned that ISIS is no longer a regionalized threat but a global one.
‘I am extremely concerned that Syrian and ISIS recruiters can use the internet at lightning speeds to recruit followers in the United States with thousands of followers in the United States and then activate them to do whatever they want to do,’ he said, during an appearance on Fox News Sunday.
‘Whether it’s military installations, law enforcement or possibly a Fourth of July event parade.’
He added that America’s response has been slow in comparison to extremists’ rapid advancement of their internet presence.
Referring to the terror attacks in in France, Tunisia and Kuwait last Friday, he said: ‘In light of the three attacks in three hours on three continents overseas, (it) shows us that ISIS is not just regionalized like the administration says, only in Iraq and Syria, but rather demonstrates a global threat – that they can conduct external operations and they’re very savvy doing that over the internet.’
Meanwhile the FBI has issued a warning to local law enforcement officials across the country about a heightened risk of terror attacks targeting the Independence Day celebrations.
No specific threat has been made by the terror group targeting the U.S. but bulletins are frequently issued in advance of major U.S. holidays.
Terror: Respected counter-terrorism experts have predicted ISIS will carry out bloody terror attacks on Western nations and awaken ‘sleeper cells’ in south-east Asia by the end of the holy month of Ramadan on August 18
Isis fighters, such as the ones pictured here in Syria, appear to be carrying out their promise to step up attacks for the holy month of Ramadan. It is feared they may also be planning to target the US for July 4
Isis-affiliated fighters launched three separate attacks on three continents on Friday, although there is as yet no evidence that the attacks were coordinated.
A gunman opened fire on a beach packed with tourists in Tunisia, killing 38; a decapitated body was found after an attacker rammed his car into a gas container, triggering an explosion in France, and a suicide bomber attacker a Shiite mosque in Kuwait City, killed 27 and injuring 227.
This week ISIS promised ‘paradise’ and ‘rewards in heaven’ for those who carry out Ramadan attacks.
The terrorist group appears to be carrying out its threat to step up attacks throughout the holy month.
Federal investigators have disrupted a number of ISIS-inspired plots in recent weeks, including a planned assault earlier this month on police officers in Boston.
Authorities shot the potential attacker, Usaamah Rahim, as he allegedly planned to attack police with military-style knives.
An Islamic State-related investigation also arrested an Islamic State suspect in New York after he attacked an FBI agent with a kitchen knife during a search of his home.
Fareed Mumuni, 21, was charged with attempted murder after he allegedly planned to use pressure-cooker explosives and knives to attack police.
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