Several days after the nightclub attack in Orlando, Florida that killed 49 people, the Obama Administration urged “increased public vigilance and awareness,” reinforcing the concern of federal security officials about homegrown terror attacks.
“In this environment, we are particularly concerned about homegrown violent extremists who could strike with little or no notice,” the updated terror bulletin reads from the Department of Homeland Security.
“The tragic events of Orlando several days reinforce this. Accordingly, increased public vigilance and awareness continue to be of utmost importance,” the bulletin states.
As for detailed warnings, the bulletin repeats a familiar refrain from the Department of Homeland Security, that “we know of no intelligence that is both specific and credible at this time of a plot by a terrorist organization to attack the homeland.”
“As we saw in the attacks in San Bernardino, Paris, Brussels, and, most recently,
Orlando, terrorists will consider a diverse and wide selection of targets for attacks,” the bulletin says, a reminder of the difficulty in defending such ‘soft’ targets.