Several social media websites are reporting that the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a terrorism threat alert regarding the possibility that ISIS operatives may cross the border with Mexico.
Terrorism consultant James Conway, the president of Global Intel Strategies, said the intelligence community realizes the vulnerability.
“I don’t know what they’re sources are, I don’t know if that’s speculation, I don’t know if that’s a leak that came out of a classified hearing, it’s difficult to say,” Conway said.
“Beyond that, though, we know that the threat matrix is real, we know it’s greater, we know all of Western Europe as well as the United States in on high alert.”
Conway points out the upcoming anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington D.C., is just around the corner.
A spokesman for DPS said it would not discuss “any information that may compromise operational security, law enforcement safety or that is law enforcement sensitive.”
A three-page “situational awareness” bulletin allegedly issued by DPS states chatter shows members of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria are “expressing an increased interest,” in crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, Fox News reports.
Judicial Watch said sources revealed the bulletin, entitled “ISIS Interest on the US Southwest Border,” states the terrorist organization may be operating in Juarez, Mexico, a close neighbor with El Paso, Texas.
The U.S. State Department issued a travel warning for Juarez on Aug. 15, stating travelers to the region should remain vigilant as “organized criminal groups” threatened the safety and security of Americans in Mexico.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry said last week during a tour of New Hampshire that he takes ISIS at its word they are coming to attack the U.S.
“I agree that there is no hard evidence,” Perry said. “My point is do we need to wait until there’s an attack on America before we secure the border?”
The Pentagon dismissed Perry’s suggestion ISIS might attempt to penetrate the border last Thursday, the Dallas Morning News reports.
“I’ve seen no indication that they are coming across the border with Mexico. We have no information that leads us to believe that,” said Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby.
“That said, we do know they have aspirations to hit western targets and it’s something, as [Defense] Secretary Hagel said yesterday, that we’ve got to take seriously and with have to try to be ready for it.
A day later, the FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued a bulletin warning law enforcement of a potential U.S. attack by ISIS.
Meantime, the British government has taken the precaution of raising its terror alert level to “severe,” after intelligence revealed an attack was “highly likely.”
That same intelligence, however, did not suggest an imminent attack, according to U.K. Home Secretary Theresa May.
NEWS 92 FM’s Susan Starnes helped contribute to this report.
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