Between July and September 2018, the U.S. Attorney’s Office charged dozens of people with domestic and extremist acts of terrorism. Arrests and convictions have been made in Texas, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, Massachusetts and Hawaii — and that’s just a few of the cases.
- The Texas case involved a man making and possessing the biological toxin ricin in his home. Ricin is a poison with no known antidote.
- A case in Ohio involved a man who “expressed anti-American sentiments and expressed a desire to recruit people to kill Americans.” He planned to “have a bomb blow up in the 4th of July parade” in Cleveland. He had taken photographs and videotaped the route as part of his surveillance planning.
- In Hawaii, a U.S. Army sergeant pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS. The sergeant regularly watched ISIS propaganda videos online, expressed a desire to join ISIS, and spoke approvingly about committing acts of violence.
- In Missouri, a Veterans Affairs clinic patient informed a staff member that there was a man in the parking lot making statements about obtaining explosives and blowing up the clinic. Police were called and the man was arrested and indicted.
Many of these terrorist acts failed because someone reported suspicious behavior or actions to authorities. A University of Maryland study, Jihadist Terrorist Plots in the United States, found that most jihadist plots in the U.S. are intercepted at an early stage. Community or family tips to authorities helped foil 17 percent of identified jihadist terrorist plots in the U.S. between 1993 and 2017.
You can do your part in keeping Fort Worth from becoming a target for terrorism. If you see, read or hear something that could lead to a terrorist act, report it to the Fort Worth Police/Homeland Security Unit Hotline at 817-392-6677. Your message will be recorded and immediately relayed electronically to authorities.
Call 911 regarding an emergency or current criminal activity. Non-emergency calls such as code violations, illegal parking and nuisances should be reported to the police non-emergency number, 817-392-4222.
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