WICHITA, Kansas – Could it happen here? The U.S. is under an elevated risk of terrorism over the 4th of July weekend.
“The threat of ISIS and other terrorist organizations is real. This is not something that is made up,” says U.S. Senator Jerry Moran of Kansas. “And I can’t discount the fact something may happen during our Independence Day celebrations.”
Senator Moran says Kansans should not be afraid to go about their daily lives. He also says Kansans should enjoy their 4th celebrations as they normally would.
However, Moran and other leaders say U.S. intelligence has gathered information that ISIS or other groups could strike over the holiday weekend.
“If you see someone behaving in a way they look nervous, look, that could be normal. It could be nothing,” says U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo of Kansas. “But it’s worth taking a moment, finding a law enforcement official. They will be around at big events throughout Kansas. Just let them know and they will take it from there and make sure we are all safe and secure and can enjoy our 4th of July.”
KSN asked Wichita police their plans to deal with any potential terrorist attack.
“We are always aware when there is a heightened security risk, that the nation or law enforcement puts out,” says Wichita Police Captain, Doug Nolte. “And we weigh those (factors) and we make our officers aware of that. However, to go into specifics of what we do, we prefer not to do that because we want to make sure that we don’t tip our hand to our enforcement efforts.”
So the saying, “if you see something, say something” should be followed this weekend.
Just enjoy the weekend. And be aware of your surroundings.
“If you see something,” says Pompeo, “Just take that extra minute. It’s for everyone’s security. If you are wrong no one will take offense. Just let someone know from law enforcement and they will carry it out from there.