Supposed July 4th Terror Threat Follows Attacks In France, Tunisia And Kuwait

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As Americans across the country prepare to celebrate the anniversary of the birth of our nation, the FBI and Department of Homeland Security have issued a bulletin warning of a potential attack on law enforcement officers and the military during the holiday season.

“Particularly with the upcoming July 4th holiday, here in the United States the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI continue to communicate with state and local law enforcement about what we know and see,” Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said in a statement. “We are encouraging all law enforcement to be vigilant and prepared. We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people.”

The terror alert bulletin comes on the heels of three separate terror attacks in France, Tunisia and Kuwait

In France, police arrested four individuals in connection to a brutal attack in which 35 year-old Yassin Salhi smashed his vehicle through the gate of the Air Products factory outside Lyon, France, hitting several gas canisters which caused an explosion. The married father of three then murdered his 54 year-old boss at the factory, chopped his head off, and pinned the severed head to the American-owned company’s factory gates. The man’s severed head was found with Arabic writing across the forehead surrounded by two flags bearing the Shahada, the profession of the Muslim faith.

In Port el Kantaoui, a popular beach resort outside Sousse, Tunisia, a gunman dressed in shorts opened fire on beach goers, as well as guests inside the nearby Imperial Marhada Hotel, killing at least 37 people and injuring 36 others. The gunman, a young student who was previously unknown to authorities, was shot dead by police.

In the capital of Kuwait, Kuwait City, a suicide bomber linked to the Islamic State (ISIS) struck worshipers attending a Shiite mosque, killing at least 27 people. Many view the attack in Kuwait as significant because it marks the first such terrorist attack in the predominately Sunni Gulf State in nearly twenty years.

The three terrorist attacks occurred after Abu Muhammad al-Adnan, a spokesperson for ISIS,released a statement calling on its followers to step up terror attacks during the ongoing Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The message itself, however, did not mention the attacks in France, Tunisia or Kuwait specifically.

It is highly suspect that the FBI would release an extremely vague “terror alert” threatening law enforcement and the military in the United States, and claim the three terrorist attacks overseas had nothing to do with the alert’s release. Since 9/11, the United States government has used the supposed threat of terrorism to systematically erode our fundamental rights and develop a massive surveillance state, under the guise of “keeping us safe”. As Americans plan to commemorate the anniversary of the birth of our country this July 4th, it is sad to see how far our country has drifted away from what our Founding Fathers fought to create; it is sad to see the gradual erosion of the fundamental rights and freedoms the Founding Fathers risked their lives to pass on to us.

Clifford Cunningham is an amateur writer from Greater Boston dedicated to defending and promoting Libertarian and Constitutionalist ideals. He served two terms as a City Councilor in his hometown of Chelsea, leaving office in January, 2016.