It looks like the FBI has done it’s job and foiled several ISIS attacks that were aimed at July 4th – before they happened. But they are being very mum about any details, which is understandable given the threat ISIS continues to pose:
NBC NEWS – Some of the dozen arrests made by federal agents in the last four weeks helped to thwart potential terror attacks during the Fourth of July holiday, FBI Director James Comey said Thursday.
“I do believe our work disrupted efforts to kill people, likely in connection with July 4,” Comey told reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington.
Comey’s comments are a public confirmation made by other law enforcement that several people were arrested in the past month over concerns that they might have been inspired by ISIS to carry out attacks either during the holiday or during the Muslim holy period of Ramadan.
The FBI has arrested around a dozen people in the past four weeks, Comey said.
“We made the arrests to thwart what we thought they were up to,” he added. “Some of them were focused on the Fourth of July, and that’s as specific as I can get.”
He declined to say how many of those arrested were planning to carry out attacks or to describe the nature of what they were planning.
Some of those arrested, he said, had been using end-to-end encryption programs to communicate with ISIS. He warned Congress on Wednesday that it’s becoming much harder for the FBI to track potential ISIS followers because of the growth in encryption technology.