DHS claims terrorists want to attack theaters and similar venues based on ‘no specific or credible information’

Madison Ruppert, Contributor
Activist Post

Another day, another fear mongering report from the megalithic Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and this time it is almost more absurd than the previous laughable reports, if you can believe it.

While this isn’t as insane as the bulletins which actually stated that many common bodily movements and behaviors are indicators of terrorism, it is close.

The report, which is designated “UNCLASSIFIED//FOR OFFICIAL USE ONLY” (U//FOUO), originally published on May 17, 2012, cites a suicide bombing in Somalia in early April 2012 which targeted a theater as an indicator that the United States could experience similar attacks.

Note that U//FOUO means that some information “may be exempt from public release under the Freedom of Information Act” and is “to be controlled, stored, handled, transmitted, distributed, and disposed of in accordance with DHS policy relating to FOUO information and is not to be released to the public, the media, or other personnel who do not have a valid need to know without prior approval of an authorized DHS official.”

Thankfully, the document was leaked through Public Intelligence and can be read here. Once again I must commend Public Intelligence for their admirable and invaluable work in bringing these types of documents to light.

The report cites an alleged “violent extremist communication advocating attacks on US theaters” which supposedly indicates “terrorists’ continued interest in attacking such venues.”

Of course, no such incident has ever occurred in the United States and personally I find it highly unlikely that it will ever occur since every recent alleged terrorist plot has been wholly manufactured by none other than the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or similar agencies.

Be sure to watch the below video report on manufactured terrorism courtesy of the FBI:

That being said, the report does admit that they “have no specific or credible information indicating that terrorists plan to attack theaters in the United States.”

Yet they still manage to claim that “terrorists may seek to emulate overseas attacks on theaters here in the United States because they have the potential to inflict mass casualties and cause local economic damage.”

Unfortunately it has become quite routine for the government to claim that terrorists may attack certain targets based on absolutely no credible or specific information whatsoever.

For those who have a memory greater than that of a goldfish, it becomes clear that all of these claims are unfounded and thankfully fail to materialize. We saw this with Hillary Clinton’s nonsensical fear mongering on the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001 even when she admitted that there was no specific or credible threat.

How they continue to spew this rhetoric – which apparently continues to be lapped up by some – is beyond me. They continue to delegitimize themselves and yet people continue to take it seriously for some strange reason which I can’t quite grasp.

The basis for this report is an incident on April 4, 2012 when a female suicide bomber, allegedly affiliated with the designated terrorist organization al-Shabaab, attacked the National Theater in Mogadishu, Somalia.

The speech featured the Prime Minister of Somalia and multiple Somali cabinet members were also in attendance. The attacker managed to blend in with the rest of the audience and her attack targeted the numerous individuals in attendance who some might regard as “high-value targets.”

Another piece of information which they use to support their claims came just three days later on April 7 when an individual allegedly linked to al Qaeda called for terrorists to emulate the Moscow theater hostage attack in 2002.

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The 2002 incident involved Chechen terrorists who took control of the Dubrovka Theater, holding more than 800 individuals hostage for more than three days, at which point Russian security forces gassed the theater.

The “violent extremist” alleged linked to al Qaeda – who goes unnamed in the report – called for people to seize crowded facilities like movie theaters in the United States, take hostages, and use them as a means to demand the release of other violent extremists.

Of course, most astute readers will realize that similar statements are made by alleged al Qaeda operatives on a regular basis, yet they never seem to come to fruition unless it is under the tutelage of the FBI.

“These recent instances demonstrate that mass gatherings such as those associated with theaters likely remain attractive terrorist targets,” the report concludes. “We encourage facility owners and operators, security personnel, and first responders to remain vigilant and report suspicious activities and behaviors that may indicate a potential attack.”

The glaring problem here, which most of my readers have likely already picked up on, is that the incident in Somalia targeted a high-profile event with major officials. Here in the U.S. such events now have incredibly tight security already, which makes such attempted terrorist attacks unlikely at best.

The behaviors which the report classifies as “Potential Suspicious Activity Indicators” on top of the massive list of supposedly suspicious behaviors already outlined in various homeland security documents include:

– Persons in crowded areas wearing clothing that is unusually bulky or atypical for the season, possibly to conceal suicide explosives or weapons.

– Persons asking about theater security screening and evacuation procedures.

– Packages—possibly containing explosives—left unattended in open areas or hidden in trash receptacles, lockers, or similar containers.

– Suspicious or illegally parked vehicles near a theater or where crowds gather prior to or following performances and events.

Thankfully these aren’t nearly as nonsensical and insane as some of the previously reported behaviors which are supposedly suspicious.

However, I do not think it is at all reasonable for the DHS to continue to create fear where none should exist, especially when they readily admit that such fear mongering is based on “no specific or credible information.”

It is just yet another attempt to create a climate of fear, paranoia and hostility among the American people where there really need not be any. Hopefully people will be able to see through these attempts as they never seem to relent in their frequency and ludicrousness.

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This article first appeared at End the Lie.

Madison Ruppert is the Editor and Owner-Operator of the alternative news and analysis database End The Lie and has no affiliation with any NGO, political party, economic school, or other organization/cause. He is available for podcast and radio interviews. Madison also now has his own radio show on Orion Talk Radio from 8 pm — 10 pm Pacific, which you can find HERE.  If you have questions, comments, or corrections feel free to contact him at [email protected]

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