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The Feds Are Investigating al Qaeda Terror Threats Before Election Day

US intelligence officials have reportedly warned of an unconfirmed plot targeting Texas, New York, and Virginia the day before Election Day.

by VICE Staff
Nov 4 2016, 2:41pm

According to a CBS News report, US intelligence agencies are looking into the legitimacy of low-level terror threats they fear may be planned for Monday, the day before Election Day.

Although authorities are still investigating the credibility of the threats, they have alerted terrorist task forces that al Qaeda may be targeting Texas, Virginia, and New York—although no specific locations in those states were named.

"The counterterrorism and homeland security communities remain vigilant and well-postured to defend against attacks here in the United States," a senior FBI official said in a statement. "The FBI, working with our federal, state, and local counterparts, shares and assesses intelligence on a daily basis and will continue to work closely with law enforcement and intelligence community partners to identify and disrupt any potential threat to public safety."

Officials in New York from the NYPD and Port Authority told Reuters that they were made aware of the possible threats and were taking the necessary precautions.

In addition to any potential terror acts, NBC reports that several government organizations—including the CIA, NSA, and Defense Department—have made preparations for cyber attacks on the polls in light of the recent hacks at the DNC.

Read: How Scared Should I Be of Voter Intimidation?

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