Consider this story a companion post to the one authored by the Director earlier today (minus the gratuitous Trump plug):
Homeland Security officials are raising the chilling possibility of a terrorist attack at hotels or conference centers in Washington, D.C., in the wake of a ISIS video warning of a Paris-style attack in the United States, according to a research group that collects data on Islamic terrorist groups.
The bulletin doesn't mention any specific intelligence or concerns about an imminent attack, according to the Investigative Project on Terrorism, which posted news of the bulletin on Friday.
Which means that our intel agencies are completely in the dark, not that ISIS attacks are not imminent.
But earlier in the week, an English-speaking ISIS jihadist posted a chilling warning of an attack on America "very soon," the Daily Mail has reported.
"Paris isn't far from you – we will by Allah's permission do to your country what we did to Paris," the terrorist declares in the video, the Daily Mail reports.
"We will kill, slaughter and burn your people. Inshallah (God willing), we will attack you very soon with anything we lay our hands on."
Eh. This could go either of two ways. (1) It's chatter designed to terrorize all by itself, keep us on edge, wear down vigilance (We haven't had any vigilance in at least eight years, but work with me here....) - item #14 on Anis Shorrosh's jihad tactics list, essentially (his first name isn't really "Anis," is it? Gosh, why did his parents hate him so much?). Or (2) attacks really are imminent, and they are displaying their "strong horse" confidence, arrogance, that they can give us advance warning and we still can't stop them. About which they're undoubtedly right.
Although I'm not sure why they included that last part about "with anything on which we lay our hands"; I guess it's an extra layer of bravado, since I can't believe they'd mount another Paris-style mass-murder op so completely disorganized and unprepared. The equivalent of "We can beat you with both hands tied behind our back, legironed, bound, gagged, and unconscious." About which they're undoubtedly right.
And their reputedly intended targets - hotels, conference centers, office buildings, fast food joints, you name it - are all "soft" targets. No blast barriers, no armed security. Not the highly symbolic targets of 9/11, but pick the right time and they can massacre and maim an awfully large number of American civilians, pretty much anywhere they choose, on any day they choose.
That's why I always convert the ever-larger numbers of Muslims the Obama Regime seeks to import into an equivalent number of 9/11s, Paris's, San Bernardino's, etc. by the 10% (of jihadists are the violent variety) rule; it gives us a rule of thumb estimate of the magnitude of potential small, medium, and large-scale mass-casualty attacks we're incurring upon ourselves.
Of course, the largest scale attacks....
....don't necessarily need that many personnel to carry them out. Especially given how unprepared the Obama Regime has left us.
Something tells me we won't receive any mercy for The One's "crusade" against "Islamophobia".
Exit question: Would an attack like the one depicted above be more likely to finally bring Americans (temporarily, of course) back together or would it hammerblow us even further apart?