FBI Director James Comey mentioned Thursday that US officers have been in a position to cease terrorist attacks that have been impressed by the Islamic State and deliberate for the Fourth of July vacation weekend, although few particulars got concerning the plots.
Speaking with reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington, DC, Comey attributed the dearth of terror attacks to a string of arrests that native and authorities officers made within the weeks previous Independence Day.
Nearly a dozen folks have been arrested throughout the US for allegedly making an attempt to offer materials assist to the Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL) or making ready to hold out lethal attacks impressed by the extremist group.
“I do believe our work disrupted efforts to kill people likely in connection with July 4th,” Comey mentioned, in accordance with Reuters.
Meanwhile, a separate supply who went unnamed instructed Reuters that “multiple overseas plots” have been additionally stymied by regulation enforcement. Another US safety supply instructed the information company that some people who have been arrested have been utilizing encrypted messaging to speak with militants from IS.
Encrypted communications have been focused by regulation enforcement ever since shopper expertise corporations like Apple and Google started offering the choice on their gadgets. Despite privateness issues, officers have argued they want entry to encrypted messages to halt terrorist attacks.
The FBI chief himself declined to offer many particulars in any respect, nonetheless, saying that the truth that a few of them have been centered on July 4 was “as specific as I can get.”
Comey additionally famous that attacks are unpredictable and that IS’ social media presence is affect folks’s need to inflict violence.
“It’s actually hard to figure out when they’re trying to kill somebody,” he mentioned, in accordance with NBC News. “And you cannot say, ‘Well, we’ve got to do it on the Fourth.’ Because you know you have people who are motivated to kill people, and they are unreliable in terms of when they’re going to act.”