Here is a story of ISIS attacks stopped in Australia.
From CBSNews.com: “Cops in Australia: We Thwarted Grisly ISIS Plot.”
Counterterrorism raids in Sydney on Thursday were sparked by security intelligence that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) was planning a random, violent attack in Australia as a demonstration of its reach, Prime Minister Tony Abbott said.
About 800 Australian police officers were involved in what was the country’s largest counterterrorism operation, Federal Police Deputy Commissioner Andrew Colvin said. Authorities detained 15 people and raided more than a dozen properties across Sydney.
Abbott said he had been briefed on Wednesday night about the operation, which was prompted by information that an ISIS (also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL) leader in the Middle East was calling on Australian supporters to carry out killings.
Abbott was asked about reports that the people detained were planning to publicly behead a random person in Sydney.
“That’s the intelligence we received,” he told reporters. “The exhortations – quite direct exhortations – were coming from an Australian who is apparently quite senior in ISIL to networks of support back in Australia to conduct demonstration killings here in this country.”
WWTN-FM “Nashville Morning News” host, Ralph Bristol, was talking about this story Thursday morning. While he was asking for listener feedback a woman called and basically said,
“This is a message to ISIS, and all other terrorist scum: Go ahead and show up here, because the moment I see you I’ll put a bullet in your head.”
Ha! It was a quintessentially Tennessee moment.
Seriously, my guess is that more and more people will arm themselves, given threats like this. If terrorists are smart (and many aren’t!) they’ll pick targets with strong gun control laws that make their victims defenseless.
But I have a thought for all Americans in all states in the Union. You don’t need to go full-auto paranoia, but please—please—when you’re in public, keep a heightened level of awareness in regards to people and groups around you.
Don’t become a statistic for the news.