On the most patriotic day of the year for the United States, federal agencies are growing ever more concerned about the possibility of terrorists targeting celebratory Americans.
While the U.S. has been seldom a target for terrorism recently, at least in relation to the bloody few months that Europe has experienced, that doesn’t mean that we are out of the woods. According to a recent reports, there are as many as 1,000 ongoing terrorism investigations in America at any one time, encompassing all fifty states simultaneously. Now that ISIS’ plans in Europe have been shown to involve a great number of knives and vehicles, U.S. authorities are concerned that the radical Islamic terror group could employ similar tactics to terrorize America on her birthday.
“In particular, the National Park Service (NPS), which hosts arguably the most famous annual Fourth of July celebration and fireworks display in the country at the National Mall in Washington, D.C., has implemented ‘robust’ measures to deal with the ‘potential risk’ of vehicle attacks, reports WTOP.
“’Vehicle attacks are an increasing potential risk for large events with a lot of people,’ noted Mike Litterst of NPS, adding, ‘We are aware of that threat, and we have a robust plan in place to address those threats.’”
“Echoing authorities in other Fourth of July hotspots, he said that there were no credible threats, but authorities have implemented contingency measures as they continue to monitor the situation.
“’While authorities insist there have been no specific threats, security has become a pressing concern in U.S. cities this holiday weekend after recent terror attacks overseas on so-called ‘soft targets’ — events and facilities where large numbers of people gather,’ reports USA Today.”
ISIS’ first major foray into vehicle-centric assaults began in earnest with a horrific mowing down of pedestrians in France during a Bastille Day celebration, that nation’s equivalent to the United States’ Independence Day.
Europe has largely been a target for radical Islam in recent months due to its proximity to the Middle East strongholds of the religiously violent, and due to the European Union’s extremely foolish attempt to hastily relocate an enormous contingency of Syrian refugees. The relaxing of border security measures in a number of European countries has allowed ISIS and other caliphate organizations to maneuver their operatives around the continent with little to no resistance, increasing the number of terror attacks in nations such as France, Germany, and England to abhorrent numbers.
As always, Americans should be vigilant in the face of terror threats. As for the terrorists, however, the retribution they would receive from President Donald Trump after attacking the United States on the 4th of July would be an astounding and unprecedented fury worthy of the history books.