HOUSTON (FOX 26) - The FBI is trying to determine the credibility of a potential terror attack against the U.S. Texas is named as one of the possible terror targets to be hit the day before voters go to the polls. The threat that's being assessed claims on Monday, the Eve of Election Day, Al Qaeda will carry out terror attacks here in Texas, New York and in Virginia.
It's no accident, according to former FBI agent and terrorism expert James Conway, that terrorists would try to disrupt Election Day.
"Terrorists focus on symbols and that could be symbolic locations or symbolic dates such as elections," said Conway.
Conway points out the deadly Madrid train bombings three days before Spain's general election in 2004.
"The conservatives were up ten points in the polls. After the three bombings at the different subway stations that killed nearly 200 people and wounded almost 2,000, the elections completely flipped. The Conservatives were out and the Liberals were in. Two months later, Spain was out of the Iraqi war,” Conway explains.
There's no word on where these latest allegations of a terror attack are coming from. The FBI and Department of Homeland Security released a statement saying in part, "We remain vigilant to defend against attacks in the United States".
Texas Department of Public Safety says, "We can assure Texans we adjust our level of vigilance to meet any potential or emerging threats".
Governor Greg Abbott is telling Texans to “go about their daily lives as usual, but remain vigilant over the next several days".
National, state and local law enforcement agencies are reassuring Americans they are all working together, closely monitoring events and stepping up security. They also want to encourage you to report anything suspicious to police.