FBI And Homeland Security Issue Inauguration Security Bulletin


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The FBI and Department of Homeland Security have put out a joint security bulletin as a precaution relating to the inauguration. Intelligence suggests that a radical Somalia-based Islamist group called al-Shabaab may try to disrupt the festivities.

Authorities stress this potential threat is not corroborated and only of limited specificity. The bulletin is being circulated out of an abundance of caution.

There is no change in the overall security posture, and no change in the nation's threat level.

The following statement comes from Russ Knocke, DHS spokesman:

"The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security (including the USSS) and the intelligence community are coordinating with other law enforcement authorities to investigate and analyze recently received information about a potential threat on Inauguration Day. This information is of limited specificity and uncertain credibility. Authorities at all levels are vigorously pursuing any lead relating to this threat information. The Transition Team has been briefed and is fully integrated into the process.

There is an unprecedented level of security involving more than 58 federal, state and local agencies for this Inauguration, and related events. As we have previously said, Inauguration events could present an attractive target due to the large public gatherings and participation of many dignitaries. Authorities are constantly reviewing security measures in light of this threat information, as we would with any threat information.

We encourage the public attending Inauguration events to go about their normal plans. As always, we remind the public to be both thoughtful and vigilant about their surroundings, and to notify authorities of any suspicious activity. We also remind the public that they can expect very high levels of security at Inauguration events, and we ask for their patience and cooperation."

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