Officials Warning Of Attack Right Before Election Day
Per CBS News, there may be a possible terrorist attack on Monday, the day before the presidential election. CBS News senior producer Pat Milton reported early this morning on the warning. According to officials who spoke with Milton, via a CBS News report, U.S. authorities alerted joint-terrorist task forces that terrorists could be planning attacks in three states on Monday.
“The counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States,” a senior official told CBS News. “The FBI, working with our federal, state and local counterparts, shares and assesses intelligence on a daily basis and will continue to work closely with law enforcement and intelligence community partners to identify and disrupt any potential threat to public safety.”
Although the officials have warned the joint-task force of the threat, its credibility hasn’t been confirmed. It seems to be a case of being safe rather than sorry while officials confirm whether or not the threat is credible. Threats and intelligence of threats have always spiked around the holidays and before a major event, such as the presidential election on Tuesday.
Officials are also concerned that a concentrated cyber hack may be attempted on Election Day. It has been speculated that hackers are trying to influence the outcome of the election, especially after the DNC was hacked over the summer, and the most recent attack that saw half the internet go down two weeks ago. The Department of Homeland Security is working with 48 states to ensure that there is no cyber breach on Election Day.
Earlier this week, the FBI has already begun warning local officials to take precautions when Election Day hits. The Bureau warned that polling locations would be a prime target for “lone wolf” attacks by individuals who are motivated by extremely violent ideologies and other extremist activity.