September 09, 2016 A U.S Department of Homeland Security and FBI joint bulletin distributed to state and law enforcement agencies across the nation warns that terrorists or terrorist-inspired individuals may target sports venues as the NFL season begins and days before the fifteen year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks this weekend.
According to a FOX News report, the latest DHS/FBI joint bulletin warns that ISIS-inspired terrorists may possibly target stadiums and sports venues. The bulletin says homegrown ISIS-inspired individuals or groups have shifted their focus away from government and military targets to “soft targets” such as stadiums, arenas, concert venues and music festivals.
CBS News senior investigative producer, Pat Milton, reported the advisory, dated August 31, was not intended to coincide with the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. A National Terrorism Advisory System bulletin issued on June 15, 2016 noted the uptick in terrorist-inspired and homegrown attacks on public events and public places like the recent attacks in San Bernardino, Paris, Brussels, and the nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
Historically, many terrorist’s organizations are prone to plan attacks on symbolic anniversaries or commemorative dates. Nationalist groups may strike to commemorate battles won or lost during a conventional struggle, whereas religious groups are prone to choose dates that mark particularly appropriate observances. In the United States, some crime researchers and terrorism experts have dubbed the month of April, “the killing season.” Over the last two decades, right wing Christian extremists, anti-government groups and Islamic extremists have all carried out attacks in the month of April. The most infamous attacks within the United States in the month of April include the Oklahoma City bombing, the Columbine High School massacre, the Virginia Tech mass shooting and the Boston Marathon bombing.
Cynthia Hodges holds a M.A. in Political Science from NEIU in Chicago, Illinois and a Post-Grad Professional Certificate in Disaster and Terrorism Management from University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill. In addition to a successful writing career, Cynthia is in the process of writing a book on the role of private security guards as first responders in the post 9/11 America. "My career has been a balance of security and education, and my passion for Homeland Security while protecting individual's Constitutional rights has grown as a result of the two."