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AUSTIN (KXAN) - Texas Military Forces says a memo its commanders received about a potential terror threat in Austin was sent out by mistake.
The force protection alert outlines what it refers to as unconfirmed reports from the Department of Homeland Security about a potential terror attack in Austin sometime Thursday or Friday.
After contacting the Texas Military Forces Headquarters, KXAN was told the internal memo was not intended for public release.
Greg Lane works in an office on 6th St. and told KXAN some of his colleagues and friends were startled by the memo they found while browsing social media sites.
"It makes you wonder," he said. "You saw what happened in Boston. Who would have thought two guys would detonate bombs at the Boston Marathon? To me that was out of left field. It seems like anything is possible this day and age. But you never think it’s going to happen in your neck of the woods."
It is being reported by multiple sources that DHS and various agencies in Texas law enforcement, as well as the FBI, are carrying out a Homeland Security Training Operation in Austin, Texas, over the next few weeks (yes, weeks, you did not misread) and if the length of this operation was not disturbing and suspicious enough, a trusted source has told me that there is the same kind of operation being carried out in Pasadena, California.
Why those two areas are the main launching points is not known, however it is also being reported that there are other cities involved in weeks long Homeland Security Operations like this throughout the country, though that has not been confirmed by me.
Who We Are: The Texas Military Forces are commanded by The Adjutant General of Texas, the state's senior military official appointed by the governor, and is comprised of the Adjutant General's Department, the Texas Army National Guard (TXARNG), the Texas Air National Guard (TXANG), the Texas State Guard (TXSG) and the Domestic Operations Command (DOMOPS).
Mission: Provide the Governor and the President with ready forces in support of state and federal authorities at home and abroad.
Vision: America's premier state military organization comprised of professional mission-ready forces, fully engaged with our communities, and relevant through and beyond 2035.
The Texas Military Forces is the three-branch military of the U.S. state of Texas. It is composed of the Texas Army National Guard, the Texas Air National Guard, and the Texas State Guard. All three branches are administered by the state adjutant general, an appointee of the Texas governor, and fall under the command of the governor.
The Texas military was first established by Stephen F. Austin on February 18, 1823, under the authorization of the emperor of Mexico, Agustín de Iturbide, who directed Austin "to organize the colonists into a body of the national militia, to preserve tranquility," as well as to make war on Indian tribes who were hostile to newly established Texas settlements.
All of the Texan militias would come under the command of Sam Houston during the Texas War of Independence between Texas and Mexico beginning in 1835 and ending in 1836 after Texas secured its independence to become the new nation of the Republic of Texas. From 1836 to 1845, the Texas militias fell under the command of the president of the Republic of Texas.
After Texas became the 28th US state in 1845, the state military and its various branches have fallen under the command of the Texas governor. Contents
Originally posted by littled16
...If terrorists were going to attack Texas they would attack the southeast corner of the state where the major ports and refineries are.
...Attacking Austin does nothing...