A month old alleged threat against U.S.service personnel by the Islamic State was followed up by a new warning from the Northern Command on Monday.
The “official use” warning by the military command urging soldiers to hide their personal information online follows the release of a purported IS video claiming the group will engage in another 9/11 attack against the United States.
“These organizations are attempting to use our own personal information against us to create fear and anxiety among our ranks and within our families,” the message obtained by The Washington Times states.
“We all have a responsibility to protect ourselves and our fellow service members and their families. We must reduce our vulnerabilities through active and vigilant monitoring of the information provided via the Internet and social media sources.”
In addition to reducing online profiles on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, the Northern Command advises military personnel to limit “outward signs of DoD affiliation,” be “on the lookout for geo-tracking features,” and avoid sharing information “such as where your children go to school … or other information that allows someone to track your routines and possibly guess when and where you or your family might be.”
“Threats such as this are typical of ISIL, illustrating their viciousness and desperation. These actions will not affect our resolve in this fight against ISIL,” a Northcom guidance for public affairs officers reads.
Islamic State Launches Twitter Campaign Threatening 9/11 Attack
According to SITE, the video is part of a Twitter campaign attributed to the Islamic State under the hashtag #WeWillBurnUSAgain. The tweets are threatening to unleash a new 9/11 attack on America.
“In a time of lone wolf attacks, and Americans and other Westerners pledging to the Islamic State, this kind of campaign should not be taken lightly,” SITE Director Rita Katz said.
“This Twitter campaign, along with other ones like it in the past, shows the Islamic State’s skill in forcing itself into Western conversations,” she added.
Katz believes the campaign “shows a unified and structured method of online mobilization by the Islamic State and its followers.”
A video coinciding with the social media campaign threatens every “American on the globe.”
“America thinks it’s safe because of the geographical location,” an English subtitle on the video reads. “Thus you see it invades the Muslim lands, and it thinks that the army of the Jihad won’t reach in their lands. But the dream of the American to have safety became a mirage. Today there is no safety for any American on the globe.”
Tweets attributed to the terror group promise attacks like those that occurred in France and Canada.
“We swear that lone wolves are present in all countries of the world and lurking for you. What happened in France is not far from you and will be repeated, but this time in the streets of American cities. The word will be what you see and not what you hear.”
SITE Linked to Military Industry Complex and Intelligence
The SITE Intelligence Group consists of Katz and two “senior advisers,” one of whom is Bruce Hoffman, the Corporate Chair in Counterterrorism and Counterinsurgency at the RAND Corporation and former director of the RAND’s Washington DC office, according to James F. Tracy.
In 2003 and 2004, SITE received financial support from the US government. Also in the early 2000s SITE was on contract providing consulting services to the FBI.
It would appear that SITE has abandoned its non-profit status and now relies on corporate and individual subscriptions for revenue. In 2005 the private mercenary contractor Blackwater hailed SITE as “an invaluable resource.”
“One of SITE’s founders, Rita Katz, is a government insider with close connections to former terrorism czar Richard Clarke and his staff in the White House, as well as investigators in the Department of Justice, Department of the Treasury, and the Department of Homeland Security, according to SourceWatch. Her father was executed in Iraq as an Israel spy, a fact that suggests a connection to Israeli intelligence,” Infowars reported in September, 2014.
A number of the videos SITE has claimed to have discovered were subsequently found to be frauds.