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Al-Shabaab has released a graphic video calling for 'Westgate-style' attacks on shopping centers including the Mall of America - prompting officials to drastically tighten security at the iconic site.
In the video, apparently released by the Somalia-based terror group's media wing, a masked militant also encourages radicalized Muslims to assault malls in Canada and Oxford Street in London.
Donning a camouflage jacket with a headscarf covering his face, the fighter threatens action and refers to the group's 2013 siege on Kenya's Westgate Mall, in which more than 60 people died.
The Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota, is specifically targeted. Chillingly, an image of the center is shown in the corner of the frame, while its GPS co-ordinates are displayed in a white font.
Speaking directly to the camera, the unnamed militant says: 'If just a handful of mujahideen fighters could bring Kenya to a complete stand-still for nearly a week, just imagine what the dedicated mujahideen could do in the West to American or Jewish shopping centers across the world.'
He adds: 'What if such an attack were to occur in the Mall of America in Minnesota? Or the West Edmonton Mall in Canada? Or in London's Oxford Street?'.
Now, the Mall of America is taking 'extra security precautions' in light of the threat. Officials are reportedly working closely with the FBI and America's Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
Some of the new security measures will be visible to shoppers, while others will not, a security official told CBS News, adding that employees 'will remain diligent as they would do in any similar situation.'
Speaking to Fox News, Jim Kallstrom, the former assistant director of the FBI’s New York office, said the bureau has a 'huge job' in front of them in the wake of the threatening online video.
originally posted by: babybunnies
I'm thinking that this video is a fake - all part of a false flag attack on the United States.
A video, with terrorists wearing hoods, that is from some remote Somalian group that no one ever heard of, that every analyst says has all but disappeared?
It's a time when Obama is asking Congress for extended war powers (the like of which has NEVER been asked for before - "geographical border free strikes"?). The proposed war against #ISIS is incredibly unpopular with the American people.
However, if a mall were to be attacked, with a high number of civilian casualties, public opinion and support for such a war would rise exponentially, and the public will ask that Congress pass a war bill as soon as possible. It would pass in a matter of days after such an attack.
After 9/11, the PATRIOT act was passed in 11 days, almost unprecedented for a Congressional bill, and with over 90% support from the public. After an attack on a mall, I'd be very surprised if it took them that long.
They may also be able to tie it to some sort of Gun control bill, especially if a "good guy with a gun" doesn't take out he people who attack the mall (which I suspect would be the case). Most civilians wouldn't dare pull their guns against actual armed aggression, they would never put themselves in such a position, despite all the rhetoric from the NRA.
Basically, don't be surprised if there's a false flag attack on an American mall sometime in the next 7-10 days.
Mall of America also says that they're "working closely with DHS" that is due to be defunded next week unless Republicans pass a spending bill, which doesn't look likely. Imagine, just after the DHS shut down because of a funding dispute, a mall gets attacked because there was no security due to a lack of funding. The GOP will then claim that Dems caused massive American civilian casualties because they wanted to protect illegal immigrants from deportation. It's a terrible scenario, but plausible, I would think.