Late last week there were three terror attacks carried out in three different countries after ISIS called for attacks on western targets during the Islamic holiday of Ramadan.
After the attacks, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson released a statement encouraging Americans to remain vigilant as Independence Day weekend approaches.
Warnings like Friday’s advisory of potential attacks against the U.S. during the Fourth of July weekend are routine, says former CIA deputy director Michael Morell, but said “there’s nothing routine about this particular one to me.”
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re sitting here a week from today talking about an attack over the weekend in the United States. That’s how serious this is,” Morell said Monday on “CBS This Morning.”
The former CIA deputy director said the FBI and Department of Homeland Security’s is concerned because of the large number of people who align themselves with ISIS.
“There’s been about 50 people in the last 12 months who have been arrested in the United States for being radicalized by ISIS, wanting to go fight there or wanting to conduct an attack here,” Morell said.
He is also worried about ISIS announcing a “call to arms” for attacks against the terror group’s enemies during the month of Ramadan, which July 4th will fall in the middle of it.
Since January 2015, there have been 24 ISIS-linked plots against Western targets — an increase from 19 in all of 2014.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have issued official warnings about the upcoming holiday weekend to put local law enforcement agencies across the country on heightened alert, although “there was no specific or credible threat of attack.”
Info Wars believes the warning is a false alarm and 4th of July weekend will go as always — with plenty of celebration and patriotism.
However, the FBI is establishing command centers around the country to monitor any potential terrorist threats around the weekend, a federal law enforcement source told Fox News.
Two weeks ago House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes told CBS the United States faces its highest threat since after 9/11.
Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security Michael McCaul has echoed that sentiment, saying:
“I am extremely concerned that Syrian and ISIS recruiters can use the Internet at lightning speeds to recruit followers in the United States…and then activate them to do whatever they want to do. Whether it’s military installations, law enforcement or possibly a Fourth of July event parade.”
Former Homeland Security Sec. Tom Ridge agreed that the terror group is a threat and said on Fox News that the White House was wrong to dismiss the government’s own July 4 weekend terror warning as “standard operating procedure.”
“It’s a real threat. I think it’s a permanent threat. I think this is a scourge with which we’re going to have to deal with … for the foreseeable future.”