The FBI is investigating a possible ISIS terror attack on the basis of intercepted chatter and intelligence information, Americans.org has learned.
The news was closely followed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issuing a classified warning that ISIS is planning an attack on U.S. soil.
The classified memo was sent out Friday afternoon by TSA’s Transportation Security Operations Center. A source, who reviewed the classified intelligence warning described the threat as very general but with no specifics about location or type of attack — just the timing.
The main theme of the warning, according to a source, is that “ISIS plans an attack on U.S. soil.”
In response to alert, the TSA deployed its recently formed Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams, or VIPR for short, to various locations around the country. The VIPR teams have expanded in recent years, moving beyond airports to train stations and other busy transportation sites that make good targets for terrorists.
The warning is significant as it demonstrates that the U.S. intelligence community is now taking seriously the potential of ISIS to attack targets on U.S. soil, something whihc the group has not yet done. ISIS has made broad threats against the United States in the past, but up to now, ISIS attacks on U.S. targets have been limited to Americans in Iraq and Syria.
A press contact for the National Security Council referred questions to the Department of Homeland Security, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment. TSA officials could also not be reached for comment.