Elaine Duke, the acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, warned that there’s evidence terrorist groups are actively seeking to commit an act similar to the 9/11 attacks in New York City and Washington DC. Speaking at the U.S. Embassy in London, she said the recent attacks in the U.K. were intended to keep terrorist group followers engaged so that money can continue to be accumulated for bigger attacks later.
“The terrorist organisations, be it ISIS or others, want to have the big explosion like they did on 9/11,” Duke said. “They want to take down aircraft, the intelligence is clear on that.”
These groups will continue to use smaller attacks to raise funds, she warned her British counterparts. They will attempt to “keep their visibility high” and are happy with “small plots” for now.
Her comments followed a warning from the head of MI5, Andrew Parker, that there’s a risk of being overwhelmed by the influx of terrorist activity. Seven attacks have been foiled in the past seven months as the agency faces “intense” challenges with terrorists.
Duke was made acting head of DHS when John Kelly was moved to Chief of Staff. President Trump has nominated Kirstjen Nielsen to lead the agency but still awaits Senate confirmation.
“Creating terror is their goal and so a van attack, a bladed weapon attack, causes terror and continues to disrupt the world – but does not mean they’ve given up on a major aviation plot,” Duke added.
The acting secretary also discussed the need by nations around the world to tighten security, especially as laptops become a major threat to the airline industry.
The five attacks that got through this year included a suicide bomb attack after an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena in May, killing 22.
Five people were also killed in April during an attack near the Houses of Parliament, while eight people were killed when three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and launched a knife attack in Borough Market.
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“However, in the interim, they need to keep their finances flowing and they need to keep their visibility high and they need to keep their members engaged, so they are using small plots and they are happy to have small plots.”
Her comments follow a wave of terror in the UK, including the London Bridge, Westminster Bridge and Manchester arena attacks which had a combined death toll of 40 while leaving 347 injured.
The biggest aid to terrorism by Americans is complacency. They want us to let our guard down and hope they’re no longer a threat. Terrorists can be patient and methodical as we learned on 9/11, Hopefully, we’re continuing to remain diligent to the threats. Remember, millions around the world want to do us harm and are actively seeking the means to do so.