“LoneWolf” Terrorist Pledges To Target Americans, Wherever They Congregate

Do You Feel Safe From Lone Wolves? Photo Credit: Rob Boudon - Flickr: New Years Eve 1999-2000 - Times Square

Do You Feel Safe From Lone Wolves?
Photo Credit: Rob Boudon – Flickr: New Years Eve 1999-2000 – Times Square

A “lone wolf” makes his way through the crowds. Stealthy. Armed. And deadly. He is at in the amusement parks, sporting events and even at parades. He is on the bridges and inside tunnels. Lone wolves find fertile hunting ground anywhere tourist attractions exist and in every U.S. city where tourism comes into play.

There is even a lone wolf hit list: Texas, Las Vegas and New York City are at the top according to Vocativ:

Times Square is considered one of the most important and famous tourist attractions in the city.

So what is a lone wolf? He or sometimes she is a terrorist acting alone, without an affiliation to any one terrorist group. However, these terrorists do share a common cause with those organized groups — terrorizing us.

So how do lone wolves work? They link up with internet message boards that try to take out the  biggest targets (aka you and me). The name of the post is “To the Lone Wolves in America: How to Make a Bomb in Your Kitchen to Create Scenes of Horror in Tourist Spots and other Targets.” Oh great. A bomb recipe right out of an al-Qaeda magazine written in English with step-by-step instructions.

Wear gloves doing the preparation of the work to avoid leaving fingerprints.

The instructions remind us of the horrible pressure cooker bombs rigged with batteries and filled with nails that the Tsarnaev brothers used in the Boston Marathon attack  in 2013.  Three people were killed and 264 were injured.

ISIL using social media tactics is nothing newBill Bratton, New York City Police (NYPD) Commissioner, said ISIL uses social media to recruit new members.

This is the evolving world of terrorism. We are staying ahead of it. We are focusing on it, and I believe that we are as prepared as any entity could be to deal with the threats. But the reality is that we are living in a new era of potential terrorism.

We are quite concerned with the capabilities of ISIS, much more so than Al Qaeda was ever able to project.

The same group that videotaped the beheading of two American journalists is calling for “lone wolf attacks on Times Square.”

One of the problems with ISIL is that it is growing so quickly, up to 50,000 men in less than a year with 100+ U.S. citizens among their numbers. Thousands come from Britain, Canada and Australia. Bratton’s concern is that these people will return home as lone wolves:

That is the terrible new reality. There are thousands of potential fighters over there who will exit that conflict. The potential for them to come back and do terrorist acts here is very real and has expanded significantly the terrorist threat.

We know that at least two U.S. citizens were killed fighting in the ISIL military. These men came from Minneapolis.