NEW YORK — In a joint bulletin sent to local police departments across the country, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are warning of potential threats by ISIS and lone wolf extremists on Independence Day.
No specific plot was detailed, but after terror attacks in Tunisia, France and Kuwait on Friday, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson stated: “We are encouraging all law enforcement to be vigilant and prepared. We will also adjust security measures, seen and unseen, as necessary to protect the American people.”
“We all have to be vigilant,” said former NYPD Detective Sgt. Wally Zeins. He said that security planning for New York’s Fourth of July fireworks celebration on the East River is months in the making, and includes dive teams, underwater cameras, plain clothes officers, online intelligence gathering and months of surveillance.
“Most importantly the public and law enforcement agencies have to work together. If you see something, say something,” said Zeins, “The name of the game is to work as a team.”