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)

  • Steve Cullen

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    I’ve dealt with “evil” all my adult life…

    I’ve been “through the gates of hell” more times than I care to think about… And I have survived and I’m still ticking…

    Am I the biggest “bad ass” out there? NO.!!!
    but I am more than 99% of the population…

    I have no problem taking a 40 cal/9mm and screwing it into someone’s ear and applying 3lbs. of trigger pull and sending them to their “maker /Allah /God”… Whoever or whatever…

    That’s the way I’ve been trained… Pure and simple…

    What is coming our way is something we have never seen before…

    That’s what I’m seeing…

    Hope the hell I’m wrong, but I don’t think I am..

    Hope for the best… Prepare for the worst…

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  • Steve Cullen

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    I have worked in one of the top 3 areas for the “major leagues” of law enforcement for 20+ years + I’m originally from Boston… Use to deal with Bulger and Winters Irish mob and then the Cocaine Cowboys…

    What is going on now make those people look like “Saints”…

    I’m a certified news junky as well… And I can quote chapter and verse as far as connecting the dots…

    Most think (when you ask them) ISIS is some video game…

    WTF???

    Over the past several years I’ve asked maybe 70 people who the USAG is… only 2 could tell me…

    Bible predictions /doomsday/whatever is on the horizon I do not know.. I ain’t that smart…

    BUT… I see bad things coming… Maybe this week… Maybe by 11/2014…but no later than 1/2017…

    What ever happens will be totally “outside of the box”… Outside of conventional” thinking… And it will (if successful) totally collapse our way of life…

    Then it will be “EVERYTHING PERSON FOR THEMSELVES”…

    that is the ultimate goal of radicals… To destroy us any f’in way they can… These” dudes” don’t play by the rules… We do and that will be our Achilles heel…

    Just “From where I sit”… Point of view…

    Your thoughts /view may vary…

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  • G-Man

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    @Steve Cullen: Go with your instincts. The Good Book called it this way. Some people (like us) have the ability to see the truth, but more are unbelievably ignorant and oblivious to it.

    The extreme separation between those that see and those that don’t is only apparent to those of us that can see the truth. The mere fact that so many can’t see something that is so obvious to the rest of us is, in and of itself, all the proof the rest of us need that something of Biblical proportions is upon us.

    Only those that see the truth will even understand what I just said.

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  • Steve Cullen

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    I did some 30 years in law enforcement agencies and security to the Feds… But am out of it now… Not my game any more…
    I’m also behind the curve as far as “preparing”… But I’m ahead of 90% of the population who I’ve found to be totally clueless as to the events going on in the world as well as the consequences should something happens which I firmly believe will.

    It will be totally outside the box as far as what will take place…

    It will be the maximum bang for the buck action… i. e. Dirty bombs in multiple locations… NYC DC TX Chicago LA for example… or EMP to take down the electric grid…

    It’s not the initial action that concerns me as bad as it will be, but what happens after that if they are successful in collapsing entire operations of this country…

    I’m way behind preparing and need maybe 4-6 months to get my nest sent up… But I’m ahead of most people because most don’t see any dark clouds on the horizon… I no longer see dark clouds… I see the perfect storm coming shortly and I have no idea what it will be but it will be beyond our wildest dreams /imagination.

    I am not a doom & gloom person… Just a realist… And I hope I’m wrong but I see very bad things happening soon that will make 9/11 look like a walk in the park…

    Call me crazy.. Call me weird call me what ever you want… It’s only how I see things… Your thoughts or views may vary…

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  • G-Man

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    @ Rick: Agents and officers depend heavily on the intelligence analyst. Their job is so vast that each analyst has their regional specialty, and within that an area of expertise that takes years to develop.

    At the same time they must rapidly be able to appropriately assess real-time information from agents, actors, and informant assets on the ground, validate legitimacy, and then be able to combine that with geopolitical and other open sources of data to form a comprehensive picture for decision makers that direct resources and assets.

    We simple do not have the resources to chase down every single lead and so we must depend heavily on the intelligence community to sort out those leads that rise to the top. The reason I am explaining this is so that people have a better understanding of what is being dealt with on a daily basis.

    This is where understanding the various Islamic factions comes in to play along with each of their protracted histories that are so extensive that the average person could never tolerate the hours required to be an intelligence analysts.

    More specifically is their understanding as to why ISIS / ISIL are so different from al-Qaeda. Simply put, al-Qaeda was not moving fast enough for some of the more extreme Islamists and so they broke away and formed their own splinter cell as ISIS. Unlike al-Qaeda which was satisfied with the occasional “big splash and attention” as you put it, ISIS on the other hand really wants to do damage and finish us off for good.

    This is why if the ISIS influence takes hold or they finally infiltrate our country, we won’t see al-Qaeda style “large venue” tactics like 9/11, but instead it will be attacks designed to truly hurt us on a Biblical scale – such as major city water supplies being simultaneously poisoned and aircraft aimed at nuclear power plants.

    Unlike al-Qaeda, ISIS knows they get one shot before we envelope them with massive reprisal. So when they make their move, it will be bigger than anything anyone had imagined.

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  • Rick

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    IMHO the most obvious targets will be those that will get the biggest splash and attention. Therefore, consider a dirty bomb due to it’s impact and longer lasting effects. I would anticipate it would be a large venue with tens of thousands of people such as a college football or other sporting event where security might not be as intense as a pro venue. In the alternative a nerve gas attack would have a lot of attention but it would have to be in a confined area to be really effective so NY subways or DC Metro, etc would be likely. Just my opinion and yes I do have an ahole too.

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  • G-Man

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    @ KCP: Well I’ll certainly alert the Director that your Intel is more sophisticated than ours.

    All kidding aside, our intelligence analysis allows us to draw a distinct difference between tracking innocent Muslim conversions from one religion to another in Mexico, and is a completely different focus than the direct threat of actual Muslim extremist activity and recruitment.

    While the Muslim religion itself is ever so slowly growing amongst the indigenous Mexico people residing deep in the mountains (natives that don’t speak Spanish), attempts at converting their leadership such as the Zapatista army commanders were unsuccessful. Likewise, Muslims haven’t even come close to accessing heads of Mexican cartels, let alone converting one.

    While there are small cells of Jihadist and Hezbollah groups that periodically become exposed within Mexico, they primarily exist in the tri-border regions further down into South America where the bulk of Syrian and Lebanese have migrated to over the years. In any event, the extremists are heavily tracked and taken out by all governments concerned.

    With such common goals, global cooperation, heavy intelligence monitoring, and assets that you could never begin to imagine we have in place, I can tell you that to date we have no credible intelligence establishing coordination between Mexican cartels and Muslim extremists of any kind. Their ideologies are so vastly different they simply do not allow for it.

    Post 9/11 activities were extremely costly for the Mexican cartels. Without us even conducting a complete border shutdown, just our increased security alone has forced them to continue to work harder just to recover their lost revenues from back then.

    We have always possessed the capacity to completely seal all 1,989 miles of border we share with Mexico, as well as extensive marine resources to close off waterways if there were ever a credible hint of a potential terrorist attack from that region.

    The Mexican cartels understand this quite well and fear it as a detrimental part of their business. So, I can absolutely, positively, irrefutably guarantee you that cartel leadership in no way would ever want additional law enforcement focus on their border.

    They are aware intelligence assets are watching and go out of their way to stay as far away from the mere appearance of Islamic cooperation. You’re just going to have to trust me on this.

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  • Steve Cullen

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    I’ve started to think and prepare for “what if” scenario.
    I worked through Hurricane Andrew and was without power for 14 days.
    I go to Wal-Mart and look at items I can buy and store for at least 1.5 years in cans. Then put them aside from our regular food. Then if I have to I’ll pull them out and use them and then replace them with fresh purchases.

    I also have 200lbs of charcoal stored. Will be getting 5 to 7 chords of firewood also for cooking and heating.
    PVC piping to make a greenhouse as well as storing fresh water…
    I’m collecting 2 liter plastic bottles also for storing drinking water.
    Have 4-55 gal plastic barrels to collect rain water in.
    Will be getting peat moss, perlites and verticitle to make my own inexpensive potting soil.
    Tarps for putting over roof to use to get rain water to flow in the rain barrels. a 12 X 20 foot tarp with 1″ of rain can collect 150 – 200 gals of rain water BTW.

    Yes, flashlights, wooden matches, cheap lighters, 2 bales of straw to use to help start fires.

    3 cheaper charcoal grills to cook on.

    large cinder blocks to place BBQ grills (18″ across) over a wood fire. $15 at Wal-Mart and $19 at Lowe’s. set on top of 4 cinder blocks.

    Coupon clip to save on can food or any other item and save $40-$70 every time you shop and use the savings to increase what you buy.
    Buy store brand as well and not brand name. After all sugar is sugar and in time of crisis does it matter if it’s a cheaper or more expensive brand of sugar.

    Also weapons, ammo (never can have enough ammo, because once ammo runs out guns become useless) and other type of devices that can inflict injury or be fatal such as sling shots and bows and arrows. Some time you might want to use those things and not make any sound in doing so….

    Knives, axes, bow saws, chain saws extra gas good first aid kit…even better a trauma kit etc etc….

    Think about all aspects of “what if” and then analyze it and then “think outside of the box” .

    Police and fire may not be available and transportation may not be possible depending on the event.

    Plan for the worse case possible and hope it never happens.

    90% of the population are clueless and after 7 days when they have nothing to eat, they will become as dangerous as the enemy.

    You may not be at 100%, but you’ll be a whole more ahead than 80% of the population….and that will be the key.

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  • Pearson

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    One other thing you might consider acquiring before any type of disaster hits is a solar cooker. A simple set up for cooking any stuff around the house before hitting into the freeze-dried survival stuff should the proverbial SHTF. It is easy to stock up on rice, noodles, dried soups, etc. when they are on sale and can last a very long time if kept dry and are easy to cook by solar.

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  • Martin Pierce

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    I had a Virgin before. It was kinda squarish and went dead at the slightest touch. She didn’t like water either. She always looked at me through blurry eyes. I returned it to walmart to the Muslum salesman explaining that the screen went White all of a sudden. This Sticky stuff on the Phone; He Ask; it looks, feels, and smells like Bacon Grease.

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