Update: DHS says expect an increased police presence over July 4 weekend

UPDATE – 7/1, 9:24 a.m. EST: Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Jeh Johnson told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday that U.S. airport security will be “enhanced” over the July 4 weekend.

Both DHS and the Transportation Security Administration have alerted the public to expect an increased local law enforcement presence in airports and subways.

Secretary Johnson also testified about the Istanbul Atatürk Airport terrorist attack, carried out on Tuesday, killing 43.

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released an updated National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin on Wednesday, warning the American public of an increased risk of “homegrown violent extremists” carrying out attacks in the wake of Sunday’s Orlando shooting massacre.

While no “specific and credible” threat is known, DHS is “especially concerned” that recent events may inspire individuals with a predilection for terrorism to “target public events or places,” and that “particular communities and individuals across the country [may be at risk], based on perceived religion, ethnicity, nationality or sexual orientation.”

The first National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin was issued in Dec. 2015, after the San Bernardino shooting, and expires at the end of the week.

Prior to 2011, DHS used a color-coded chart to alert the public of terrorism threats before being replaced by the National Terrorism Advisory System, a three-level warning instrument.

A Bulletin represents the lowest level in the threat-triad, the two others being “Elevated Alert” and “Imminent Alert”, issued when federal intelligence learns of a “credible” or “specific” plan for a terrorist attack in the U.S.

Most significantly, DHS informs that increased security will be noticeable at public events over the summer months, which “may include additional restrictions and searches on bags, more K-9 teams, and the use of screening technologies.”

Wednesday’s DHS Bulletin is set to expire Nov. 15 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

 

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