Citing San Bernardino and Paris, the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI are warning a “lone wolf” attack may target Super Bowl 50 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California.
The government has not mentioned a specific threat against the NFL championship game on February 7. In November the FBI said there were no known threats against NFL stadiums.
“Particularly with the rise in use by terrorist groups of the internet to inspire and recruit, we are concerned about the ‘self-radicalized’ actor(s) who could strike with little or no notice,” a DHS report quoted by NBC News states.
The FBI noted the attack outside the Stade de France stadium in the Paris suburb of Saint-Denis on November 13 of last year. Four people died in the attack, including three suspected suicide bombers. None of the bombers managed to enter the stadium. Security noticed a suicide vest worn by one of the men attempting to enter the stadium and he was turned away.
In 2008 the DHS certified security at NFL stadiums in the United States, including mandatory metal detector screening and multiple layers of perimeter security.
Following the Paris attack the NFL issued a statement. “Following the events in Paris on Friday, we are closely monitoring events and have been in communication with the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI, which have informed us that there are no known threats against NFL stadiums.”
As previously noted here and elsewhere, the government routinely exaggerates supposed terror threats for political reasons, particularly on holidays, and the media plays along. This makes it easier for the government to push its police state and mass surveillance agenda at home and a bellicose foreign policy abroad.
“The facts are indisputable. The risk of death by terrorist act is infinitesimal. The risk, in the lexicon of statistics, is trivial,” writes Dick Meyer. “As taxpayers, we are being scammed. As citizens, our constitutional values are being compromised. As human beings, we are being needlessly frightened.”
Minus the Islamic terror overlay the San Bernardino attack would have been considered an active shooter incident. There is no evidence the alleged shooters were connected to the Islamic State or directed by the terror group.
The same can be said for the mentally deranged Charleston church shooting suspect Dylan Roof. The liberal media has exploited the attack to insist America faces a threat from white supremacists while the government has characterized the shooting as a hate crime.