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Rep. Taylor: Intelligence Needs to Filter to Cities

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By    |   Friday, 18 August 2017 02:15 PM

The CIA did its job in alerting Spanish authorities that a terror plot could be underway, but cities also need to be involved in preparation efforts as well, Rep. Scott Taylor said Friday.

"It can't just be nation states," the Virginia Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends" program. "It's got to be closer to where the problems are."

ISIS is learning to use "vehicle-improvised explosive devices," said Taylor, and the attack in Barcelona could have been even worse on Thursday.

"They are learning things on the battlefield," Taylor said, but now, terrorists are using some "low-tech, very difficult to prevent" modes of attack, such as in Barcelona, where a terrorist driving a van ran over and killed several people in a busy tourist hotspot.

"But there are definitely things that look fishy for folks, and they need to report it immediately to the authorities," Taylor said. "If you see something, say something."

The threat of ISIS also is growing now that the terrorists' forces are being defeated on the battlefield, said Taylor.

"As that happens they will push information out to the cells around the world, and they will push out what they have learned on the battlefield for them to replicate that in other cities," Taylor said.

The terrorism-backed "Inspire magazine" also has been calling for trains and subways to be attacked in the United States, and Taylor said that's a very serious threat.

"Some of those threats, of course, you are able to deal with signals intelligence and understanding through our own intelligence gathering where they are and we have the ability to disrupt them," said Taylor. "Again as they're getting their butts kicked on the battlefield, they are disseminating that information out to their networks around the world. It's a very serious threat."

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