Governor urges vigilance in wake of al-Qaeda threat against Texas

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NEW YORK (AP/KXAN) — The FBI and New York Police Department say they are assessing the credibility of information they received of a possible al-Qaeda terror attack against the U.S. on the eve of Election Day. Austin police say they had already increased their security posture for the week ahead and will make additional changes if the need arises.

Sources told CBS News that U.S. intelligence has alerted joint terrorism task forces that al Qaeda could be planning attacks in three states for Monday. It is believed New York, Texas and Virginia are all possible targets, though no specific locations are mentioned.

It wasn’t immediately clear how the intelligence came to investigators’ attention. A NYPD spokesman says in a statement the information “lacks specificity.” In a statement, the FBI said it was working closely with law enforcement agencies and sharing intelligence reports.

Mayor Steve Adler said he’s confident in the city’s public safety officers. “Everyone should remain watchful, but we need to go about our lives normally and confidently. And don’t forget to vote.”

Gov. Greg Abbott says his office is monitoring the situation and is working with law enforcement officials regarding the threat. “Texans should go about their daily lives as usual, but remain vigilant over the next several days and report any suspicious activity to state or local law enforcement,” said Abbott in a statement.

The Texas Department of Public Safety also issued a statement stating, “While we do not typically discuss security issues, we can say that DPS is constantly in touch with fellow law enforcement and intelligence officials, including our Joint Terrorism Task Force partners.”

The vice president of intelligence at STRATFOR, Fred Burton, asked, “When isn’t Al Qaeda trying to kill us?” He said, “We’ve been living in this constant state since 9/11. In essence, it’s Islamic State yesterday, Al Qaeda today. It’s just the new norm for us in the U.S. and around the world.”

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