July 4 terror alert highest since 9/11 in Los Angeles
The level of concern over a potential terror attack on July 4 has reached the highest level for the city of Los Angeles since 9/11, the Los Angeles Police Department has warned.
July 4, 2015, will mark the 239th anniversary of the Unites States' Declaration of Independence; security officials are concerned that terrorist organizations could attack cities like Los Angeles and New York City on this day.
Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Michael Downing said, "The threat stream is very high. In fact, we don't think it's been this high since 9/11. The threat stream has never been this high. We've had more disruptions in the United States in a period of time than we've ever seen before."
Downing added that the number of homegrown violent extremists is now bigger than ever before, which made sense that the country is on a higher alert than ever before.
Earlier, New York Congressman Pete King who is also a senior member of the Homeland Security Committee issued a similar warning for New York City. He said he didn't know of any specific threat in the city, but added that it was the highest level of security concern since 9/11.
However, the country's intelligence community is apparently divided over the potential terror attack. While some intelligence officials say that terror treat is just another normal threat; others feel that this July 4 terror alert mustn't be taken as a normal threat.
The U.S. government and law enforcement agencies are reminding people to stay vigilant and report any type of suspicious activity at the earliest possible.
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