Terror 'Chatter' on Rise as 9/11 Anniversary Approaches

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 08:37 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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In the lead up to the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, intelligence officials are seeing a significant rise in "chatter" among terror groups, The Washington Times reported.

On Aug. 9, a Twitter account listed as #AMessageFromISIStoUS shows a picture of the Old Republic Building in Chicago – located on North Michigan Avenue – with a person holding a piece of scrap paper with Arabic scrawled on it that translates as "soldiers of the Islamic state of Iraq and Syria will pass from here soon," WGN reported.

Another tweet shows someone holding a smart phone with a picture of the ISIS flag with the White House lit up at night in the background.

One tweet accompanying the pictures says: "we are in your state/ we are in your cities / we are in your streets. You are our goals anywhere." Another reads: "we are here #america near our #target :) sooooooooooooon."

The same twitter account also posted video of the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who is a graduate of Chicago’s Northwestern University.

Before Sept. 11, 2001, the intelligence community also saw an uptick in "chatter," but deciphering it has become increasingly difficult, according to the Times, because like al-Qaida, ISIS also has targeted the United States.

Earlier this month, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers told CBS News that because of ISIS, America is in more danger today than it was in the lead up to the 9/11 attacks.

"Before 9/11, there were single-level threat streams coming to the United States," he said on "Face the Nation." "So, pretty serious. Obviously they got in and conducted the attacks on 9/11. Now you have multiple organizations, all al-Qaida-minded, trying to accomplish the same thing,"

Ret. Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, now a military analyst for Fox News, implied Saturday on "America’s News HQ" that the missing Malaysian airliner could reappear as part of a Sept. 11 terror plot, according to Breitbart News.

"On the seventh of September, a major news network and publishing network are going to put out a book," McInerney said. "It is going to be earth shattering of what's happening and what happened. The fact is we may even see a 9/11/14 MH-370 surface again. We should go to DEFCON 1, our highest state of readiness and be prepared as we lead up to 9/11."

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