UK raises terror threat level; US declines, although warned of terror groups at Mexican border

UK raises terror threat level; US declines, although warned of terror groups at Mexican border

On Friday, less than two weeks before September 11, Judicial Watch reported that Islamic State terrorists have gathered in Ciudad Juarez, across the Rio Grande from El Paso, home to the U.S. Army’s Fort Bliss, where they are planning an “imminent attack” at the border, according to government sources.

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister David Cameron has raised the United Kingdom’s terrorist threat level to “severe.” The United States has no plans to follow suite. Instead, President Barack Obama has chosen to spend all afternoon and evening Friday raising funds for the Democratic Party.

Federal authorities have issued “a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border,” according to Judicial Watch, which reported:

Intelligence officials have picked up radio talk and chatter indicating that the terrorist groups are going to “carry out an attack on the border,” according to one JW source.  “It’s coming very soon,” according to this high-level source, who clearly identified the groups planning the plots as “ISIS and Al Qaeda.” An attack is so imminent that the commanding general at Ft. Bliss, the U.S. Army post in El Paso, is being briefed, another source confirms. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) did not respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information.

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The disturbing inside intelligence comes on the heels of news reports revealing that U.S. intelligence has picked up increased chatter among Islamist terror networks approaching the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. While these terrorists reportedly plan their attack just outside the U.S., President Obama admits that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to combat ISIS. “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse,” the commander-in-chief said this week during a White House press briefing. “I think what I’ve seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we’re at than what we currently are.”

Other military facilities at or near the U.S.-Mexican border are White Sands Missile Range and Holloman Air Force Base.

Also on Friday, British Home Secretary Theresa May reported that the UK’s threat level has been raised to “severe,” which is that country’s second-highest. It means an attack is “highly likely,” but the government lacks intelligence that one is “imminent,” according to Business Insider, which reported:

May said the threat level was raised because of the risk from the deteriorating situation in Iraq and Syria, where extremist militants from the group calling itself the Islamic State (also ISIS or ISIL). May said, however, that there was no specific threat to Britain that caused the raise in the terror level. This is the first time Britain’s terror threat level has been at “severe” since 2011.

“The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West,” May said in a statement. “Some of these plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have traveled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts.”

“The first and most important duty of government is the protection of the British people,” she added

And what about the United States, where we are facing an “imminent threat of attack on our border” on 9/11’s anniversary, according to the Judicial Watch report?

“At present, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are unaware of any specific, credible threat to the U.S. homeland from ISIL,” Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement according to Business Insider. “Plainly, however, violent extremists who support ISIL have demonstrated the intent and capability to target American citizens overseas, and ISIL constitutes an active and serious threat within the region.”

And as an exclamation point, the president is spending the entire afternoon and evening at three events, fundraising for Democrats in New York and Rhode Island, according to the official White House schedule.

All in all, I have to agree with my friend David DiCrescenzo from The Patriots Press: I’ve lost that warm and fuzzy feeling. And it took less than six years.

Michael Dorstewitz

Michael Dorstewitz

Michael Dorstewitz is a recovering Michigan trial lawyer and former research vessel deck officer. He has written extensively for BizPac Review.