[Ed. – Johnson was just fear-mongering in support of his “fund Obamnesty” theme.]
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson…prefaced his you-better-fund-my-department pitch by warning that an al Qaeda-linked terror group, Al-Shabaab, is publicly calling for attacks on shopping malls in the United States, specifically the Mall of America in Minneapolis.
“I would say that, if anyone is planning to go to the Mall of America today, they have got to be particularly careful. And, as the statement you read indicates, there will be enhanced security there that will be apparent to people who are there,” Johnson told CNN’s “State of the Union” with Gloria Borger. …
According to CNN, DHS officials began “walking back” Johnson’s warning after he appeared on the Sunday shows.
A spokesman for DHS told CNN the agency “is not aware of any specific credible plot against the Mall of America or any other domestic commercial shopping center.”
“Secretary Johnson didn’t say that they should not go to the mall, he told shoppers to be extra vigilant and that security was increased,” CNN quoted DHS Assistant Secretary Tanya Bradsher as saying.
Johnson later told CNN he does not regret any of the comments he made on the Sunday shows.