September 1, 2011 (San Diego)--The San Diego Police Department, San Diego Sheriff’s Department and the San Diego Field Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued the following joint intelligence bulletin:
The 10th anniversary of the tragic events of 9/11/2001 is upon us. 9/11 was the result of an al-Qa’ida terrorist attack on all citizens and residents of the United States. This bulletin is to bring awareness of the sensitivity of the anniversary and provide actionable steps that the community and law enforcement can take together to prevent further terrorists acts.
Currently, there are no known threats to the San Diego region, in spite of continuing efforts by al-Qa’ida and its associates to strike the homeland. According to published reports, there have been 39 foiled terror plots since 9/11. (Heritage Foundation Report, 2011)
However, Federal and local law enforcement officials remain concerned that al-Qa’ida may use the 10th anniversary as an opportunity to strike. That, coincided with the death of Osama Bin Laden, may trigger home grown violent extremist to commit acts of violence in the United States. (CBS News, 2011)
Local and federal authorities are also mindful that domestic extremists groups may view the anniversary as an opportunity to lash out at individuals or groups they mistakenly blame for 9/11, including people who are Muslim or are perceived to be Muslim and institutions, such as mosques.
Law enforcement personnel or community members with information about violent extremist, regardless of their ideology, should report this information to the FBI, San Diego Police Department or the San Diego Sheriff’s Department. The numbers are listed below.
The following behaviors on whole or in part might be indicators of attack planning:
- Violent rhetoric and encouragement to commit acts of violence
- Sudden and unusual separation from faith and cultural communities
- Unexplained change in appearance
- An unexplained desire to spend all one’s money quickly or give money away to family
- Attempted travel to countries or locations where radicalized views and training is prevalent
- Viewing or sharing videos of violent speech Discussions about becoming a martyr for the cause or faith
- Concerted effort to acquire weapons
- Effort to obtain chemicals that could be used in the construction of an explosive device
Certainly, there are other behaviors one might see to lead someone to believe the person is intent on violence. If behaviors are noticed community members should contact the police at (619) 531-2000, the FBI at (858) 565-1255 or the San Diego Sheriff’s Department at (858) 565-5200. On-line reporting is available at http://www.sdlecc.org.
All persons must avoid judging a person’s intent on religious creed, familiar history or ethnicity.