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Bernard Kerik: The Mall of America Threat Is Real

By    |   Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 03:03 PM

The threat by the Islamic State (ISIS) to go after shopping malls, including Minnesota's Mall of America, is real and needs to be taken seriously, former New York City Police  Commissioner Bernard Kerik tells Newsmax TV.

"The threat is real. It's been said that there's no real specific threat — a day, a time, whatever the case may be. It doesn't make any difference," Kerik told J.D. Hayworth and Miranda Khan on "America's Forum" Wednesday.

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"The constant threat of al-Qaida and ISIS and radical Islamic extremists are in this country like they've never been before," he contends.

"The people that attacked us on Sept. 11, the people that have attempted to attack us since — they still want the demise of our freedoms, our economic freedoms, our religious freedoms. They want the demise of Christianity, they want the demise of Israel," he explained. "That hasn't gone away.

There has been a call by the Somali based terrorist group al-Shabab for local militants to launch attacks on malls in the United States, Great Britain and Canada. The group specifically named the Mall of America, which is one of the largest shopping malls in the county.

Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson said that "anytime a terrorist organization calls for an attack on a specific place, we've got to take that seriously."

According to Kerik, at this point, "no one should be surprised that they're calling for this specific attack on the Mall of America," he said.

The FBI is now investigating Somali refugees who have settled in Minnesota.

"Every mall, every religious institution, every tourist location, every transportation hub is a possible target, and it could come at any time," he added.

"The reality is the threat is there."

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