Are You Prepared for Imminent Terrorist Attacks on U.S. Soil?

By Dave Dolbee published on in Camping & Survival, News

September is National Preparedness Month, and by now we should all have supplies ready for a hurricane, earthquake, flood, tornado or any other natural disaster that could happen. However, recent news events suggest the biggest threat on the horizon may not be natural at all.Instead, it will be much more sinister and perhaps deadly. The following is a synopsis of news and intelligence reports that suggest we need to prepare for something much worse than Mother Nature. After reading, leave a comment with your thoughts of what people need to do to prepare for the fallout from a terrorist attack.

Medic donning body armor

What type of preparedness do you need? Body armor will not do you much good against a tornado, but spare water and a weather radio will not help against a home invasion.

According to news reports and a handful of independent intelligence sources, credible information has reached Saudi, British and Australian agencies that two al Qaeda branches—IS in Iraq and Syria and al Qaeda AP in Yemen—have finalized plans for coordinated terrorist attacks around the 13th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. According to counterterrorism sources, the groups are preparing to strike simultaneously in the Middle East and a West European city. Next, they will go for U.S. targets either in the Middle East, Europe or here in the states.

Secure Borders?

According to Judicial Watch, high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Judicial Watch reported that Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and are planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle-born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). Accordingly, it reported that Fort Bliss was named as a target and several sources have confirmed an increased security measures at the base.

Will the attack come on 9/11 or …?

More recently, new intelligence started contradicting earlier reports and suggesting the attacks on the U.S. homeland may take place in the weeks following 9/11. According to Islamist experts, ISIS and AQAP have decided to delay direct terrorist action in the United States. The general consensus was a calculation that an attack on America will have a greater shock impact some time after the first cycle of outrages from attacks abroad, toward the end of 2014 or early 2015. This would prolong the pain, but also makes it harder for U.S. Forces and law enforcement to remain alert for such a prolonged period of time.

Much of the latest assessment came after Saudi King Abdullah warned the West that Al Qaeda’s plans were imminent. “If neglected, I am certain that after a month they will reach Europe and, after another month, America,” the king firmly and flatly stated.

The king issued his warning on the occasion of the U.S. Ambassador Joseph Westphal’s formal presentation of credentials. Normally, this might not seem significant, however there is a backstory. The Ambassador has been in place for about two years, so it is odd that the king is suddenly getting around to asking for his credentials. Instead, it is believed the request for credentials was an excuse to hand over the intelligence under formal-facing channels. The United States’ ties are not as strong with the Saudi’s as they were during the Bush administration or even in 2009 when President Obama allegedly bowed to the Saudi king. (Allegedly only because the White House vehemently denied what the rest of the world clearly seemed to observe.)

First responder working on a medical dummy

Have you invested in a quality tactical medic’s course? Is something beyond a butterfly bandage and CPR training necessary?

International Response

European leaders certainly seem to be taking the warnings seriously enough. The prime ministers of Britain and Australia, David Cameron and Tony Abbott, appear particularly concerned with the Saudi king’s warnings since Saudi intelligence shares the view that a great number of lives are at stake if Al Qaeda consummates its plans and Europe is slated to be the first to get hit.

U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism sources have shown agreement by disclosing that the data on the two Al Qaeda groups’ plans to mark the 9/11 anniversary with major attacks has been in the hands of Middle Eastern, European and U.S. security agencies since at least the second week of May 2014. However, President Obama’s recent admission as to the lack of a plan to deal with ISIS abroad casts doubt over the resources dedicated or in place to handle this particular threat of an attack here at home.

Prime Minister Cameron has taken preliminary steps to combat the danger to his country by asking parliament to urgently approve sweeping legislation to combat the “scourge of extremism.” These efforts would include the power to seize the passports of an estimated 500 British Muslims known to be frequent travelers to Turkey, Syria and Iraq and who are strongly suspected of identifying with Al Qaeda’s jihadist ideology.

Most counterterrorism experts fear that these measures if approved would come too late to pre-empt Al Qaeda’s 9/11 anniversary plot. Do you believe it is too late to ‘close the barn doors’ here at home and prevent an attack as well? Given the current state of our borders, is a seized passport sufficient to prevent terrorists from entering the U.S.?

Make a Plan

September is National Preparedness Month and while large coordinated attacks are of major concern, smaller lone wolf-style attacks are more likely to affect each of us in a way that we can adequately prepare to prevent or minimize. Here is a basic list of items everyone should already have, but what are your thoughts regarding an imminent terrorist attack sometime over the next three months? What would you add to the list in preparation against the imminent threat of a terrorist attack such as firearms, ammunition, gas masks, protective clothing, medications?

If successfully attempted or carried out, do you think an attack would be a small-scale local event like the Boston Marathon bombings or something larger such as an attack on the electrical grid or water supplies? What supplies or preparations do you think are necessary for an active shooter situation or mass casualty?

Add your suggestions and ideas and lists in the comment section and we will compile and publish them for the entire community.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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Comments (46)

  • William

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    If you mess with the Bull, your gonna get the horns. Attack a country with more guns and people willing to use them than any other in the world? They must really want those virgins!

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  • Brian

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    I do not see an armed attack where citizens are in gunfights w/ terrorist unless it is small army, which seems unlikely. It seems a group of suicide bombers is more likely the danger for an attack in America. Symbolic targets seem most likely for an attack here. Nlt Moments, sports complexes, etc. would be the targets it seems to me. If this is the case preparation for us would mean evac plans for family in the affected areas and first-aid packs to help the wounded if we are near an event.

    The exception to an armed attack where private citizens are in gunfights would be a small attack unit of terrorists who target a group, like a church or synagogue, for hostages to get media attention, and strike a symbolic blow to Americans that we can’t keep our people safe. A school would be a primary target but no one is allowed to carry weapons there, so no gunfight involving citizens there.

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    • Smitty 550

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      “I do not see an armed attack where citizens are in gunfights w/ terrorist unless it is small army, which seems unlikely.”

      I agree, but my concern is that there would be a distinct possibility that the law enforcement infrastructure could/would be so overwhelmed that non-terrorist looters and other low-lifes could be a threat if allowed to run amok due to their search for water, food, etc., that were no longer available in stores.

      When these types get hungry and thirsty enough, they aren’t going to wait for grocery stores to reopen and get re-stocked with food and other basic necessities; they will strike out at homeowners and try to break into homes to take what they want.

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  • Martin Pierce

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    Have 3 same cal. weapons. A 1911, a S & W 1955 Target .45acp. ,and a Mac 10.

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  • gene hall

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    Thanks for the heads up. I am traveling to Australia for my job and I will be there for 8 weeks before returning to Texas. I have given my wife instruction in the operation of firearms as well as bulked up on essentials for her and the babies. I live in Perth WA. And there are many ISIS supporters there so I would not be surprised if I myself am under threat. Unfortunately the socialist of Australia have removed the rights of gun ownership from its citizen’s. So they have zero options for defense.

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  • John

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    Unfortunately like G-Man wrote, they are already among us. We keep welcoming these people knowing that hey are a potential threat. Keep Islam out of our country. I am not racist or prejudice, I just want my family to be safe. So that being said. Arm yourselves well. Have enough ammo. If you are planning to have several handguns, try to have some of the same caliber. Have a plan of action. A place to meet in case the family members are in different places. Take every threat serious.

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  • Martin Pierce

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    I don’t know any Muslums’ or any Muslum Terrorists, and if I did, and they drink beer; I’ll be sure to drink a Dos Exxes afterwords.

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  • Martin Pierce

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    I havent tested the Kling-on factor (Not Klingon people) yet. Does Bacon grease withstand the 29-32 hundred fps velocity or does it turn into Oil of Olay. Given all the variables aside–they (Terrorists’) probley can’t speak or understand English anyway–so just kill them the best way you can. Shoot them with bullet s made of Ice and Paper Machey from old Mad Magazines. If that doesn’t kill them nothing will.

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  • G-Man

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    The author of this article may not be completely at fault for such disinformation, given he is repeating misleading, inaccurate, and unverifiable claims put out by another organization such as Judicial Watch.

    Many of you know of my law enforcement background from previous posts. Border Intelligence is somewhat of a specialty for me. I can most assuredly tell you all – there was no such warning bulletin ever issued regarding an imminent terrorist cross-border attack.

    That is not to say it couldn’t happen; but there was never an intelligence analysis or profile that led up to a warning bulletin ever being disseminated throughout law enforcement as claimed by Judicial Watch.

    I normally respect Judicial Watch’s reports, but this time around we in law enforcement do not know of, nor has Judicial Watch revealed it’s supposed “high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources”.

    Again, that is not to say it could never happen, but there are things the public first needs to understand about the internal dynamics and specific relationships regarding cartels interests and how they choose to operate along the border. Simply put, when it comes to Islamic terrorism, the cartels are our best line of defense given they are the gatekeepers along the Mexican side of the border.

    Every cartel’s priority is about making money and maintaining the power necessary to sustain their wealth and lifestyle’s for their own posterity and their family generations to come. With that understanding, they have an internal credo that no amount of money would ever be worth allowing such extreme ideologists as Islamic terrorists to bring such focus to bare on the border which would grossly affect their very livelihoods.

    As gatekeepers, each cartel makes it their top priority to know at all times what is going on across their border sectors. And their employees pay with their lives for failing to maintain control and continuity with higher ranking cartel members.

    Were Islamic extremist to use the southern border, it will not have been coordinated through any cartels. More than likely they would disguise themselves as a South American and speak enough Spanish in order to deceive the Coyotes that bring them across.

    While there is certainly nothing wrong with raising alarms that increase vigilance and security awareness to specific regions such as the southwest border, the real disservice is in the detraction it may cause from focusing resources on more credible or plausible threats.

    Thus far, not one single terroristic plot or incident has been through our southwest border. In contrast, the few we’ve exposed have instead been through our northern border with Canada or from an enemy already legally within our borders.

    There are enough Islamic extremists already in our country legally; either born as citizens, legally migrated, or on student Visas – so many, that were they to plan a coordinated attack, they could do so easily with devastating effect.

    For that reason, it is for each and every citizen to understand that the threat is upon us right now. While preparedness for the aftermath is prudent, prevention is better. We must all bear the duty to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities everywhere we may be – i.e., shopping malls, public gathering and events, public utility facilities and its fence lines, agriculture, government buildings, bases, and resource facilities are all our responsibility if we wish to sustain our resources that we all depend upon.

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    • KCP

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      G-Man, at one time that was correct. Following 9/11 the Cartels were our best line of defense. They did not want activity that would bring our LEO and Military response and, subsequently, harm the trade or impede traffic. Unfortunately, that is not the case. There is information other than media warnings. They are in Mexico. They are actively recruiting. It is known amongst the people. Those previous protections no longer exist.

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  • Old Vet

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    If we do have a massive attack, you know as well as I do that it will come from Muslims. People as old as I am have always prepared for emergencies so food and water and similar needs are already taken care of. You need to arm yourself. And by all means, smear bacon grease on your ammo and advertise you have done so. Advise your friends to do the same. If the Muslims know most people in a certain area are doing this, they will leave them alone. The Qur’an dictates it. Be aware and be prepared for what might be coming.

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    • Smitty 550

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      “Real” Muslims would probably care greatly about bacon grease, but I seriously doubt that any U.S. or European-bred ISIS scum would pay much attention to the anti-pork stance….or at least they wouldn’t say so in the presence of other ISIS scum for fear that they too might lose their heads for even thinking about what many of us include in our “infidel” diet.

      I mean….what “dude” ISIS member from Minneapolis would completely give up his bacon/pork sausage & eggs? Who knows: maybe they wait until they get back to the U.S. before they break ranks and end up at a Denny’s.

      BTW: our esteemed government still refuses to pull passports from U.S. citizens who have joined ISIS ranks in the middle east. These people are
      TRAITORS!

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  • Smitty550

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    Add paper plates and bowls to the list so that you don’t have a stack of dirty dishes left in the sink to wash after the emergency is over.

    As for personal hygiene, the baby wipes will work well. My wife and I have a motor home, and when boon-docking without electricity, water or outside human waste dumping, we can last a week to ten days or so by using about a gallon per person per day for sponge baths while standing in the shower. The rest of the water (from an 80-gallon tank) goes for cooking, toilet-flushing, dish-washing. We use as little water as possible, and 80- gallons lasts quite a while if used sparingly. Without the sponge baths, we could probably last a month without problems, provided that we had an adequate supply of bottled water on hand.

    The idea of using garbage bags for toilet use is a good one, but I would probably want to place each bag in a 5-gallon plastic bucket first. Also, rain water stored in large water containers is a good way to have water on hand.

    Maybe a gallon or so of white gas to operate a Coleman lantern and camp stove, considering that there might not be any electricity available for light, nor any gas available if you have a gas stove.

    Also, an adequate supply of personal prescription medications saved up, considering that the drug stores would be kaput for a while.

    One more thing: an adequate supply of pet food and extra water if you have pets.

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