Be on your guard. Thankfully it turned out that their threats against us on election day were false but that doesn’t mean we should ignore anything. Everything these thugs say should be taken seriously.
The New York Police Department said it would be strengthening its security preparations for the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade after the Islamic State said it would make a good target for a terror attack.
The NYPD made the announcement Monday after the militant group included pictures of the parade in a guide to mass terror attacks in the latest issue of its propaganda magazine.
Both local and federal law enforcement officials say there has been no specific threat to the parade, and the NYPD said it has had additional measures in place to stop vehicle-based attacks such as those described in the magazine for several years.
“As you’ll recall, last year the route was lined with hundreds of blocker cars, very much similar to what we do along presidential routes,” said John Miller, deputy commissioner of intelligence and counterterrorism for the NYPD.
Following up on their October instructions for lone jihadists to conduct knife attacks, the Islamic State’s latest magazine offers tactical instructions on how to use a vehicle as a weapon to inflict the greatest damage.
Their muse, of course, is Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, who plowed a cargo truck through a crowd of Bastille Day revelers in Nice, France, this summer.
“Vehicles are like knives, as they are extremely easy to acquire. But unlike knives, which if found in one’s possession can be a cause for suspicion, vehicles arouse absolutely no doubts due to their widespread use throughout the world,” states the article in the third issue of Rumiyah, ISIS’ recently launched monthly English-language magazine, adding that cars are one of the “safest and easiest” weapons as well as “most successful in harvesting large numbers of the kuffar [disbelievers].”
ISIS encourages shying away from budget sedans and “off-roaders, SUVs, and four-wheel drive vehicles” that “lack the necessary attributes required for causing a blood bath” as “smaller vehicles lack the weight and wheel span required for crushing many victims.” They recommended trucks with double wheels for “giving victims less of a chance to escape being crushed by the vehicle’s tires.” Long semi trucks are discouraged because of the possibility of jack-knifing.
A picture of a U-Haul truck is shown with the caption “an affordable weapon.”