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Wed, Jan 06, 2021

New York Air Traffic Controllers Hear Threat Of Washington Attack

Broadcast Message Suggests Attack Will Occur As Revenge By Iran

Both the FBI and the FAA are investigating reports of a Monday afternoon broadcast of a short audio message on air traffic frequencies threatening an attack on the US capitol in revenge for the killing of an Iranian general a year ago.

The digitally manipulated voice had a simple message, "We are flying a plane into the capital on Wednesday. Soleimani will be avenged."

While law enforcement sources indicate that there is a low probability of a real threat, various federal agencies are taking it seriously for the time being. And further to that, it is highly likely that aviation activity is likely to see some constraints until this matter is put to rest.

The threat was issued on the one-year anniversary of Soleimani's death, and mimics a number of threats made by Iranian government officials. Attempts at retaliatory action by the Iranian government have been pretty unsuccessful and are implicated in the missile shoot down of a civilian airliner last year as military forces on 'high alert' mistook a schedule airliner for a hostile aircraft.

Of some concern, however, is the fact that Wednesday is the same day that Congress is expected to count and certify the results of the Electoral College, one of the final steps in Biden's journey to the Presidency.

We will keep you apprised…

FMI: www.FBI.gov, www.faa.gov

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