Federal officials have warned authorities in New York City, Texas and Virginia about an unspecific threat of around Election Day, putting local law enforcement on alert days before the vote, officials said on Friday.
A U.S. government source in Washington said some federal agencies sent bulletins to local and state officials flagging the information but that the threat was relatively low level.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which operates airports, tunnels and bridges around New York City, continues high levels of patrol it has had in place, spokesman Steve Coleman said.
Coleman declined to offer details on the warning, but the New York City Police Department said the threat report lacked specifics and was still being assessed.
“We are aware of the information,” the department said in a statement, adding that it was working with intelligence agencies and the Joint Task Force.
Although some of the attention of U.S. authorities has shifted to network has shown resilience more than 15 years after it was responsible for the Sept 11 on New York and .
Last month, the United States carried out strikes in targeting two of senior leaders there, and has posed a risk to merchant ships in waterways nearby.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott said in a statement his office was monitoring the situation and urged Texans to remain vigilant. In Virginia, Brian Coy, a spokesman for Governor Terry McAuliffe, said: “We are doing everything we can to keep Virginians safe, and we’re confident they are going to be able to vote safely on Election Day.”
The task force issued a notice identifying the three states as possible targets of an plot, a New York law enforcement official said on condition of anonymity. The official said the type of threat was common but authorities were giving it more attention because of Tuesday’s election.
“What they really want to do is disrupt the democracy in this country,” Mr. Cuomo said at an event in Brooklyn, referring to terror groups. “Election Day, the exercise of that democracy, the high holiday of that democracy, of course is going to present a target for them, and of course we’re going to be ready.” trump
Authorities were assessing whether there was a plot and whether the states named were real targets or misdirection. “Another possibility is that this is just an attempt to inspire someone here to mount an attack,” the official said.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security did not confirm the reports or comment on details. It is believed New York, Texas and Virginia are all possible targets, though no specific locations are mentioned. A U.S. law enforcement source briefed on the threat information told ’ Milton that the threat is possibly legitimate and concerning. The source said the threat may be aspirational and hence the lack of specificity. The source said there has been pressure on
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a Democrat, said on Friday that additional state police officers and National Guard would be on duty on Election Day. While federal and state authorities are beefing up cyber defenses against electronic threats to voting systems, others are taking additional steps to guard against possible civil unrest or violence. lone wolf Plans are in place to have NYPD counterterrorism units — officers with long guns, -detecting equipment, and radiation-detecting equipment. What the NYPD calls the full overlay will be on the streets and ready for action.
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